Wondering what these are?
Maybe a collection of bird house condos for oversized birds?
But that's not correct. And, these structures surprised us as well on a visit to Salem, MA.
What are they?
These are known as "environmental sculptures." This one is called What the Birds Know (so you were close). This environmental art installation was created by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty.
Like many of Dougherty's works, it was built with saplings that were weaved and flexed into sculpture and it was commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) also in Salem, MA. Over the past 30 years, Dougherty had created more than 250 pieces throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Photos of his other environmental sculpture pieces can be seen on his aptly named website, stickwork.net.
If you're in New England anytime the rest of this year, you can see and explore these sculptures, FREE of charge. Just walk around in downtown Salem, MA at the corner of Hawthorne Boulevard and Essex Street. Believe me, you won't miss them and they will remain there until the end of December 2016.