‘B.I.R.D.S.’ walk in downtown Summerville

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014

B.I.R.D.S. are gathering in Historic Downtown Summerville – and this Third Thursday you can get a guided tour of the six installed sculptures and a preview of what will be unveiled in the coming months.

While a new sculpture will not be revealed this month, there is a backlog of six sculptures that will be installed as soon as they arrive from the artist.

Six addittional sculptures have been sponsored by local residents and are due to be installed in the downtown by the B.I.R.D.S. project. On April 17 at 6:30 pm, Mike Dawson of the Audubon Center at Beidler Forest will be leading the bird-watching tour around downtown starting from the B.I.R.D.S. Information booth on Hutchinson Square. Come join him and help test drive the clue poem.

B.I.R.D.S.(Birds In Residence Downtown Summerville) 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 brings together these three diverse organizations to celebrate and highlight 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 charming Summerville as they follow a clue poem to find each B.I.R.D.S. inhabitant. 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.

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