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Sputnik, 2021
Doorway for racing pigeons,
80 x 60 x 65 cm

The russian word sputnik derives from a combination of so (with) + put' (path), and means
travelling companion, or fellow traveller. Sputnik is the name for a series of Russian satellites,
but (less famously) it’s also the name for this contraption, which is used in pigeon coots.
It resembles a cage but is actually a passageway, letting the birds enter and exit.