ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station is proud to present a cross-border art collaboration installation! Nearly 350 birds, hand created by over 350 school children across 7 schools in both the San Diego and Baja region, will fly high above the ARTS DISTRICT’s Luce Court beginning January 11, 2019.

The project, Birds without Paradise, began with Oaxacan artist Manuel Molina as a way to raise awareness about the impact of bird trafficking. The project quickly transformed into a binational program focused on the theme of freedom (an increasingly relevant topic in the San Diego-Tijuana cross-border community). What better visual representation of freedom than a bird in flight?

The installation’s birds are created from indigenous natural materials like corn husks and hand painted by participating students under the direction of Manuel Molina himself. A previous bird installation hung above Calle Segunda in Tijuana earlier this year, and ARTS DISTRICT is thrilled to be the cross-border San Diego site for this project. The installation is equal parts creative and symbolic and the project continues to strengthen cross-cultural connections through arts partnerships and student participation on both sides of the border.

Partnering with the ARTS DISTRICT for this project are San Diego-Tijuana Smart Border Coalition, Vesta, and the San Diego Unified School District. School partnerships included Correia Middle School, Creative Performing and Media Arts Middle School, Marshall Middle School, Muirlands Middle School, Montgomery Middle School, School for Creative and Performing Arts, and Wilson Middle School.

This exciting installation project will be installed from January 8-10, with an official unveiling on January 11th.


Birds without Paradise
January 11 – February 7, 2019 | Luce Court (2875 Dewey Road – outside fountain courtyard)

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