Birds coming to downtown

  • Thursday, March 14, 2013

A sculpture of a white-breasted nuthatch identical to this will be among the first of the bird sculptures installed downtown. This one belongs to Susan Morris, former DREAM director. Morris resigned last year, but she oversaw the grantwriting process that made the start of this project possible, so the board gave her the sculpture as a remembrance. LESLIE CANTU/JOURNAL SCENE

Look for a few more birds around downtown in the coming months.
Sculpture in the South, the National Audubon Society and DREAM are teaming up to install sculptures of birds naturally found in Summerville around the downtown area.
Inspired by the “Mice on Main” program in Greenville, where people follow clues to find mice sculptures hidden in Greenville’s downtown, Summerville’s BIRDS (Birds in Residence, Downtown Summerville) program will have a clue poem that will lead seekers across the historic downtown, said Mike Dawson, Beidler Forest director, to Town Council’s finance committee.
By the time searchers find all 20 birds, they’ll have passed by every storefront and restaurant downtown, he said, and hopefully stopped in to spend some money.
The groups don’t yet have the funds to buy all the birds, though the locations and species are mapped out, Dawson said.
The first two sculptures have been purchased, however, and the first seven to eight should be installed within a few months, he said.
He hopes that as people see the program take off, businesses or civic groups will decide to sponsor additional birds.
“I think it will be a fun thing for residents to do as well,” Dawson said.
The sculptures’ cost varies depending on size and whether they need to be commissioned. The price of the first two sculptures – a small nuthatch and a large owl – already diverged from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars.
Dawson approached the town because some of the sculptures will be located on town property.

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