5-year-old`s sketch turns light mast into luminous bird`s nest installation in estonia

Designboom_ Once a major submarine shipyard established before World War I, the Noblessner port in Tallinn, Estonia has now been turned into a seafront quarter open to the public and to the sea. Here, a large elegant, illuminated bird’s nest perches at the top of a former lighting mast and combines metal and light art. Aptly titled Nest, the installation is commissioned by real estate developers Merko Ehitus Eesti and brought to life by Estonian design agency Velvet and lighting design studio UN-LIKE. It is crafted from repurposed materials, giving new meaning to the long-unused structure that once littered the environment. Its conception is inspired by five-year-old Stina Onemar, who envisioned a bird’s nest adorning the rusted mast, realized to enliven the urban space and instil appreciation for old and disused industrial objects.

The young artist, Stina Onemar, drew a blueprint that became the basis for the design and the implementation by Velvet and UN-LIKE. The eggs are crafted from polyethene using rotational molding technology, the material minimizing maintenance and making the eggs weather resistant. The material has been tested both at the seaside and freezing Arctic conditions. The branches of the nest, meanwhile, are shaped from materials found from construction sites and hand-picked for the final design. Leftover roof edge trim had the necessary flexibility for bending, weaving, and seamlessly intertwining the material around the steel frame to support the eggs. They also act as reflectors for the installed lighting, complementing the overall aesthetic of the installation.

The design of the nest incorporates the natural ageing process caused by the weather. The metal components are painted to match the rusted mast, but over time, wear and patina will increasingly blend the Nest with the mast. ‘Just as stork nests gradually become intertwined with human-made objects, this installation seamlessly weaves itself into the urban fabric,’notes the team at Velvet.