Barclays’ Birds

A project with Francesca Parisi

Special thanks to Paddy the carrier pigeon
It is estimated that one million birds lose their lives to the skyscrapers of London every year. This is a direct result of birds getting confused by reflections of the sky.

Barclays headquarters in Canary Whaft is a 156m tall skyscraper with 32 floors. Its colossal panes of glass are a large threat to birds.

Birds are able to see a wider spectrum of colours than the human eye, including ultraviolet light. ‘Barclays’ Birds’ is a proposal for Barclays to systematically apply UV decals of the Barclays logo onto their headquarters. 

What we see   
What birds see   

The decals would be almost invisible to humans whilst drastically reducing bird-to-window strikes. Urban migratory birds are also greatly deterred by birds of prey, like an eagle, which so happens to be the Barclays logo.

Barclays say they are ‘fully committed to minimising operational environmental impact when and wherever possible’. We contacted Barclays to prove this, including a miniature UV decal in the package.

Which was sent by pigeon...

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