By Mellany Armstrong
Bird sculptures by Darla Jackson '03 now adorn Aviator Park, across the street from Moore.
Jackson installed the sculptures October 25. The seven sculptures feature life-size figures of a ruby-throated hummingbird, a house sparrow, a European starling, a Northern cardinal, a rock pigeon, and American crow and a red-tailed hawk, all wearing falconry hoods.
"Because it was going outside, I wanted to play with how people see things," she said. "People walk through a park every day for 20 years and then one day they look up and notice something, sometimes years after it's been put there. Because it was going to be up for a long time, I wanted to play with that idea a little bit."
The black-painted birds, made of polyurethane resin, are installed at varying heights, up to seven feet on two-inch diameter pipe. Eventually, the sculptures will be replaced with bronze-cast figures. The installation is expected to be up for a year.
See more of Jackson's work here.