Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The second B.I.R.D. has come to roost in downtown Summerville and the public is invited to the unveiling this Third Thursday, August 15, 2013. At 6:30 pm at the entrance of the Saints Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Church located at 122 South Main Street, the newest addition to the B.I.R.D.S. (Birds in Residence Downtown Summerville) collection will be presented. This second bird installation in the historic downtown is the Mourning Dove and this sculpture has been graciously sponsored by Henry and Melinda Knight in memory of her parents, Al and Ruth Mitro. Melinda Knight commented on the decision to donate funding for the purchase of the dove saying.” When I heard about the relationship between the Audubon Society, Summerville DREAM and Sculpture in the South, I thought what can I do to help. My parents always enjoyed feeding the birds in their back yard and were friends with Father Ernie. How fitting to have the mourning dove at the Saints Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Church’s entrance as a tribute to my parents."
The Mourning Dove sculpture is a life-size bronze piece created by North Carolina artist, Roger Martin. This bird species, like all the birds to be featured in the public art program, is native to the Summerville area. Frequently the bird is mistakenly called “morning dove”; however this bird’s name actually derives from its soft drawn-out calls which sound like mournful laments.
B.I.R.D.S. is a collaborative effort by the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, Sculpture in the South and Summerville DREAM to enhance the historic downtown through public art. The program’s goal is to draw visitors and residents to explore the streets, businesses and restaurants of Summerville on a bird scavenger hunt guided by the B.I.R.D.S. poem. The B.I.R.D.S. public art installations will celebrate and highlight area native bird species, the vibrant and historic downtown area and enhance the town’s growing reputation as a cultural arts destination.
There is a unique way to commemorate this new sculpture installation and help support continuation of the B.I.R.D.S. project with a purchase of the new souvenir ornament of the Mourning Dove created by Four Green Fields Gallery artist/owners Robin and Jill Carway. The dove ornament is the third ornament in the B.I.R.D.S. collection and will be available for purchase at the B.I.R.D.S. information booth at Third Thursday and Four Green Fields Gallery as of August 15th. The price for the ornament is $15 with proceeds from the sales going to funding future installations in the B.I.R.D.S. program. The other ornaments available in the collection are the Barred Owl which was installed in May and the Nuthatch which will be unveiled at September’s Third Thursday.
Another way to support and participate in the B.I.R.D.S. program is by sponsoring one of the sculptures as the Knight family did by funding the purchase and installation of the mourning dove. Prices vary dependent on the size and complexity of the installation. More information on the future sculptures will be available at the Information booth at Third Thursday and any business or individual interested in exploring this possibility can stop by to learn more. Contact Mike Dawson at the Audubon Center at Beidler Forest at 843-462-2150 or Jim Reaves at email@example.com for more information.