The 2016 Bird and the City Collection has five cities: Seoul, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Washington D.C. and Minneapolis. Although the birds are generally only released in the cities or countries where their inspiration resides, Amusespot has a complete set of 5 City Birds with matching numbers available- only 30 sets were available worldwide.
The US-based birds, Minneapolis & Washington, DC are also available separately.
The complete (current) Birds by Oiva Toikka Collection is available at Amusespot, here.
The inspiration for the Kyoto bird came from Ryuko Kida, Elle Deco Branding Director
´People have lived in Kyoto with nature from season to season for a thousand years. But at the same time, they love new things. Because they place importance on history and tradition, they can create avant-garde things. I think the fun of the contrast is Kyoto-likeness.’- Ryuko Kida.
Singer-songwriter Ivana Wong is the source of inspiration for the Hong Kong bird.
‘This city is vibrant; full of energy, the soul is fed on wildest dreams; it carries scars, and it’s wounded now, yet it’s still bravely presenting itself with pride and hopes.’ – Ivana Wong
‘Driving through Seoul is always exciting. I can enjoy beautifully aged architecture from Chosun dynasty standing right next to modern skyscrapers. We can find the heritage spirit along with contemporary.’ – Julie Kim, founder of Dansk.
Showing the planned grid of the city- and much of the virtually ubiquitous government architecture.
‘Washington, D.C. inspires me for many reasons. As the capital of the United States, this city represents the battles, movements, and accomplishments of what a democratic society can accomplish. On every corner you can see a monument, building, park, or memorial dedicated to the great men and women who helped shape our country.’ – Derrik West
The green swath on the bird’s back represents the mighty Mississippi which cuts the city.
‘In Minneapolis I’ve found that I can go on an adventure and go back home every day. There are always new places and events to explore, but cozy communities to return to. There are iconic spots like the Spoonbridge and Cherry to bring visiting friends and family to, but also quiet nooks like Lake Calhoun at sunset to bring your thoughts to.’ – Megan Milkowski
The complete (current) Birds by Oiva Toikka Collection is available at Amusespot.com, here.