B.I.R.D.S. arrive in Summerville
A Barred Owl, native to the Lowcountry, has taken up permanent residence on the railing of the Mayor's balcony on the bell tower of the new town administration building.
This first B.I.R.D. will be unveiled to the public at Third Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 pm. outside the Town Municipal Center.
The first sculpture of the new public art initiative B.I.R.D.S. (Birds in Residence Downtown Summerville) is a bronze sculpture by renowned wildlife sculptor Paul Rhymer who created the hippo that resides in the pond at Sheppard Park.
At an unveiling ceremony Thursday evening, Mayor Bill Collins will introduce this latest addition to the Summerville public art collection.
In celebration of the introduction of the first B.I.R.D.S. sculpture, the artist owners of Four Green Fields Gallery and Gifts, Robin and Jill Carway, have created a commemorative ornament featuring the Barred Owl.
These ceramic ornaments are a special limited edition and will be available for purchase for $15 at the B.I.R.D.S. information table at Third Thursday as well as at Four Green Fields Gallery located at 119 Short Central Avenue.
All proceeds from the sale of these ornaments will be donated to the B.I.R.D.S. for the purchase of future installations.
B.I.R.D.S is a collaborative effort by the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, Sculpture in the South and Summerville DREAM.
The B.I.R.D.S. program celebrates and highlights Summerville's native bird species, its vibrant and historic downtown area, and the town's growing reputation as a cultural arts destination.
The anticipated series of life-like bird sculptures placed throughout the downtown area will overlook the town from their perches on balconies, windowsills, shop signs and rooftops, drawing visitors and residents alike to navigate the lively sidewalks of Summerville as they follow a clue poem to find each B.I.R.D. S. inhabitant.
Sculpture in the South has underwritten the first two birds in the series through proceeds provided by the organization's Annual Show and Sale, bringing the number of public sculptures placed since 1999 to more than two dozen.
Participation in the B.I.R.D.S. project is encouraged and any individual, business or organization interested in sponsoring one of the sculptures can contact Mike Dawson at the Audubon Center at Beidler Forest at 843-462-2150 or get information at Thursday evening's event.