By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 28, 2021

WEST LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - Checkered and striped in bright colors, small wooden bird houses are hanging outside a public library in West Lebanon as a part of a public art project,

“The idea is just to start something that people can participate in and add to,” said Kim Wenger Hall, one of the organizers of the public art project that is supported by a local gallery and art education organization AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Wenger Hall told the Lebanon Valley News on Sunday, the town“ needs color. It needs foot traffic. It needs art.”

Some 100 people signed up to participate, though only a handful of painted bird houses were on hand on Sunday as organizers hung them outside the library, the newspaper reported. Organizers said they hoped more would trickle in or that people would hang them where they wanted to.

Participants were asked to pay $10 to get a small wooden bird house, paint, brushes and some bird feed, though the donation was not mandatory. They could pick up the kit at AVA Gallery and then could drop it off again on Earth Day and the following days to be hung outside.

“It’s sort of an unintentional scavenger hunt,” the project’s other organizer Chet Clem told the newspaper. “The best thing this has accomplished so far has been connecting people.”

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