Tuesday, May 13, 2014
It was a year ago this month that B.I.R.D.S. (Birds In Residence Downtown Summerville) appeared on the scene with the inaugural unveiling of the first bird sculpture—the Barred Owl perched majestically on the balcony rail of the Town Administration building.
One year later the public is invited to the unveiling of the seventh installation at this month’s Third Thursday on May 15. At 6:30 pm the Cardinal, a sculpture by Paul Rhymer (creator of the Barred Owl) will be dedicated in its new location—perched on the sign of Café Italia at the 100 Central Avenue on the corner of Short Central and West Richardson Ave. This sculpture is sponsored by the family of B.I.R.D.S. committee member, Susan Morris, in memory of her mother, Nancy Shillingburg.
“Having been involved in the B.I.R.D.S. program since its beginning, I am very pleased to have my family personally making a lasting contribution to the Historic Downtown, said Morris. “My mother was a great nature lover and cardinals were a favorite of hers.”
B.I.R.D.S. 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 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, SC as they follow a clue poem to find each B.I.R.D.S. inhabitant.
Any individual, business or organization can sponsor a sculpture. Of the 21 pieces planned for the Historic Downtown, fourteen have been reserved for sponsorship.
Anyone interested in sponsoring one of the remaining sculptures can contact Mike Dawson at the Audubon Center at Beidler Forest at 843-462-2150 or get information at Thursday evening’s event. Another way to support the project is by collecting the souvenir ornaments created by Four Green Fields Gallery owners, Jill & Robin Carway. There are six ornaments in the series and the newest one celebrating the arrival of the Cardinal is now available in a limited edition. Proceeds from each purchase goes toward the completion of the B.I.R.D.S. project and each is priced at $15. They are available at the B.I.R.D.S. booth or in Four Green Fields Gallery.