Flying-in the Bat House under military escort

[Image: A submission to London’s recent Bat House Project by Andrew Brown, Gareth Jones, and James Falconer; view larger].

The above project, by Andrew Brown, Gareth Jones, and James Falconer, proposes “a home for bats in London.” It was produced for the Bat House Project, the stated aim of which was to highlight “the potential for architects, builders, home-owners and conservationists to work together to produce wildlife-friendly building design. It connects the worlds of art and ecology to encourage public engagement with ecology issues.”
This is pretty old news, of course – but I just saw this particular design yesterday, and I have a thing for architecture delivered from the sky, dropped off by what appear to be military helicopters.
I’d like to see a short, inspirational video in which a dozen U.S. families are standing in a cul-de-sac. Everyone’s hair is whipping to and fro – and there are helicopter gunships flying overhead, dropping off complete Toll Brothers homes. The houses are ready for inhabitation, complete with pots and pans, pillows and sheets. There are five bedrooms, and three and a half baths. Wives are hugging wives; men are cheering.
The slow motion thud of helicopter blades fills all audible space.
The video ends.

7 thoughts on “Flying-in the Bat House under military escort”

  1. What if they weren’t U.S. families? What if they were Afghan families or Somali families or Iraqi families?

    OR what if they were families of some nation that was hostile to the U.S.? The cul-de-sac drop would be part of a hearts and minds campaign to prime the inhabitants against their current government, carried out in lightning fast strikes by trained teams.

  2. I knew the helicopters weren’t necessarily of a military origin, actually, but I still loved the thought of military helicopters escorting a bat house through the sky so much that I had to use the title… It’s an utterly absurd image.

    And thanks, Nick, for the links.

  3. They use large helicopters to deliver shelters to remote regions of national parks. They aren’t military copters. They are the same kind of big copters they us to put air conditioning units on top of skyscrapers. In either case, it’s amazing to watch.

    (Actually, the park service also uses those copters to deliver gravel. That’s right, gravel for trail building. We almost got a load dropped on us out at Cape Alava when two parties confused their signals).

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