Chicken are moving in at the Kultuurikatel community garden
Culture Chicken is a unique installation created by young architects that stands out from the rough industrial landscape. On one hand it invites city dwellers to visit the chicken and promotes keeping chicken in the city, on the other hand it also aims to draw attention to the city planning process in general and in the area around Kultuurikatel and Kalarand in particular as well as to the „egg panic“.
For Tallinn Creative Hub the Culture Chicken is another example of implementing the Free City mind-set of using public space. The hen house is an important part of the social life of the garden.
The hen house’s architectural solution is connected to other projects taking place in the garden. The chicken have a separated area and a shed. Their garden consists of metal pyramids that create a functional unity between the garden and shed. The pyramids are used to attach the net around the garden as well as to separate different areas with different soil. Visitors can sit nearby and watch the chicken. The organisers hope that the chicken will settle in well and start laying eggs that can be used in the café for omelettes and cakes. Visitors are asked not to feed the chicken. In the autumn the birds will be returned to Kuusiku farm.
The timber structures of the hen house have been built by team members with the help of tools of Tallinn Creative Hub and OÜ Jimmy. Metal parts were provided by AKM Metall. Welding work of the pyramids was done by blacksmiths Märt Vaidla and Nils Hint of Weiderwerk OÜ. The net is an old trap donated by the Museum of Coastal People.
Team members are young architects, landscape architects and designers from Estonian Academy of Arts: Grete Veskiväli, Mari Hunt, Kaisa Kangur, Triin Orav, Juula Saar, Aet Ader, Liisi Tamm and Isabel Neumann.
Also the team has received great support from Ahti Sepsivart, Siim Orav, Johannes Veskiväli, Inga Piirsalu, Evi Napp, volunteers of Tallinn Creative Hub and Velonaut.
Estonian Poultry Society helped to find the chicken that are owned by Piret Purru-Lemetti, Kuusiku farm. Food was provided by Kristin Nelke-Heinroos from Kiti Kanala Söödatuba.
Other supporters: Eesti Kultuurkapital, OÜ Murumari, Tallinna Vesi, OÜ Õuemeister, Puumarket, OÜ Forsten, Sadolin, Väo Paas, Dan Sukker, Keskkonnainspektsioon, Eesti Loomakaitse Selts, OÜ Rauning, Kadarbiku talu, Grüne Fee and Ellington.