Sabrina Pratt, former director of the Santa Fe Arts Commission, designed her birdhouse with a specific type of bird in mind. The ceramic house is made for brown-headed, pygmy and red-breasted nuthatches. The directions she furnished with the distinctive little structure say that it “should be hung 5 to 15 feet above the ground. Because it is made of low-fire clay and will not withstand the freeze-thaw cycle, it should be stored indoors for the winter.”
The third-graders’ birdhouses are based on the Three Little Pigs story, and the students added creative “real estate listings” such as, “This unusual find is a jewel of relaxation. This yellow diamond has astonishing rainbow colors. The fake turf saves you a lot of time and money. Wolfie Joe designed this gem to make you feel like you are living in a dream.”
Auction items also include a limited-edition serigraph of a phoenix by Ben Shahn and a limited-edition print of “Luxury Coops,” the April 18, 2016, New Yorker cover by Peter de Sève that shows a city skyline full of towering birdhouses.
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