At first glance, Troy Abbott’s birdcage constructions appear decorative. The unusual cages attract, with the assumption that, a pet bird stand singularly occupies their ornate homes, only upon closer inspection, does it become apparent that the bird is animated by a looping video.
In every bird/cage construction, the bird is a typical house pet variety and is content to quietly sit on it’s perch with only the occasional movement. It is the bird’s cage that takes center stage instead of the pet. Each differs in style and tone, the cages are refurbished antiques made, in most cases, of metal or wood.