• Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The chickadee sculpture will be unveiled at this week's Third Thursday.


October’s Third Thursday will feature the unveiling of another new B.I.R.D.S. sculpture, the fourth in the series of 20 bronze birds to be installed in the Historic Downtown Summerville area. On Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. two Carolina Chickadee bird sculptures will be unveiled by the family of Sarah and Jeff Wiggins, sponsors of this bird installation. Unlike the three previous unveilings, these two bird sculptures are not yet installed in their home on a downtown building due to maintenance that needs to be done at the location. At the appropriate time the chickadees will be installed and their location announced, but for the time being the B.I.R.D.S. committee wanted to reveal the newest “birds in the hand” to be added as soon as possible. The unveiling of the new sculptures will occur at the B.I.R.D.S. booth located on Town Square. The two Carolina Chickadees were created by Paul Rhymer, the artist behind the first B.I.R.D.S. installation, the Bard Owl, located on the Mayor’s balcony on the Town Administration building.

Like the mourning dove located at the entrance of the Saints Cyril and Methodius Russian Orthodox Church at 122 South Main Street, the two Carolina Chickadees were sponsored by a local Summerville family. Sarah Wiggins remarked that her interest was piqued in the B.I.R.D.S. project and her family was eager to participate with a sponsorship.

“Last year we visited downtown Greenville and were really impressed by the “Mice on Main” program. We were excited to learn that Summerville would have something similar with B.I.R.D.S.

This sponsorship is especially meaningful to our family, because Chick-a-dees were my mother’s favorite birds,” Wiggins said.

Carolina Chickadees are native to Summerville and the Lowcountry and are a favorite of backyard bird watchers. These petite birds are described as friendly, cheery, or a ray of sunshine and chickadees are perennial visitors to the neighborhood bird feeders.

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.

In addition to unveiling of the latest B.I.R.D.S. acquisition, the new 2013 DREAM Christmas ornament will debut. Again, this year Summerville DREAM has chosen to support the B.I.R.D.S. project by having one of the future B.I.R.D.S. sculptures featured on the ornament — the Canada Goose. Last year’s DREAM 2012 ornament heralded the coming of the B.I.R.D.S. program by featuring the Nuthatch — one of the first sculptures to be installed in the program.

This year’s ornament seeks to raise funding for the Canada Goose which will be installed in Hutchinson Square eventually. Due to the size of the Canada Goose sculpture, it will be the most expensive of the bird installations.

The creators of the B.I.R.D.S. ornaments, Jill and Robin Carway of Four Green Fields Gallery and Gifts, donate proceeds from the ornament sales back to the funding of the B.I.R.D.S. project. Sales of this 2013 DREAM Christmas ornament will be available at the B.I.R.D.S. booth on Third Thursday as well as at Four Green Fields Gallery located at 119 Short Central Ave. All of the B.I.R.D.S. ornaments are available for $15 each.

Another way to support and participate in the B.I.R.D.S. program is by sponsoring one of the sculptures as the Wiggins family did by funding the purchase and installation of the Carolina Chickadees. Currently 8 of the 20 bird sculptures have been adopted for sponsorship by local families or organizations.

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. Or contact Mike Dawson at the Audubon Center at Beidler Forest at 843-462-2150 or Jim Reaves at sculptureinthesouth@gmail.com for more information.

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