New B.I.R.D.S. take flight this Thursday

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March’s Third Thursday heralds the arrival of spring and three new additions to the Birds In Residence — Downtown Summerville (B.I.R.D.S.) collection.

March 20 the B.I.R.D.S. committee will unveil three new sculptures in place around the downtown while conducting “B.I.R.D. walks” around the town to see all of the six installations that represent the growing public art project in Historic Summerville.

The program is a collaborative effort by the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, Sculpture in the South and Summerville DREAM designed to enhance the historic downtown through public art.

This month’s installations are all bronze sculptures created by Paul Rhymer, creator of the Barred Owl located on the Mayor’s balcony on the Town Administration building.

The sculptures to be unveiled Thursday night include two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the fountain alcove on Short Central Ave. These two sculptures were sponsored in honor of Helen Somers by her children.

Also being presented is the South Carolina state bird, the Carolina Wren, sponsored by Barbara Dunning and located on the exterior face on Guerin’s Pharmacy.

The final sculpture to be unveiled is the White-throated Sparrow, located at S. Main Street and Doty Ave. This piece has been donated to the collection by the sculptor.

To celebrate the multiple installations going on at Third Thursday, the B.I.R.D.S. committee will run three “B.I.R.D. walks” starting from the B.I.R.D.S. information booth on Hutchinson Square. These walks will run at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.mm and will take a tour of the six currently installed sculptures with information about each species of bird.

The first tour will feature the unveiling of the new pieces for public viewing. These walks are free to the public.

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