“Some birds are not meant to be caged, that’s all. And the part of you that knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”
The Shawshank Redemption
Flight is the quintessential symbol of freedom. Free from all restraints, birds defy all types of resistance in the infinite space that is the sky, overcoming gravity’s downward pull, and can head anywhere. Nevertheless, even nature’s freest creatures develop a need to count on a place that offers them protection and safety. As a consequence, we might imagine the abode of a winged creature more as a “cradle” rather than a cage—a safe place where it can protect itself and nest. They strive to build their home with everything that nature offers them: mud, twigs, straw, feathers… They manage to bring real genuine works of art to life just using their beak and their claws: an ability that, we must remark, makes them “natural architects”.