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  •  National Mall, Washington DC.  March 18, 2009.  Photo: Genevieve Russel.

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  • Central Park, next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY. July 2, 2009.
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  • July 12, 2010. Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, Germany.
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  • July 13, 2010. Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, Germany.
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  • June 19, 2010. Hudson River Waterfront, Peekskill, NY.
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  • July 1, 2010. Ralphe Bunche Park, United Nations Headquarters, NY, NY.
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  • National Mall, Washington DC. March 18, 2009. Photo: Genevieve Russel.
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  • Swami's Beach, San Diego, CA. March 16, 2009.
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  • Hangeweiher Park, Aachen, Germany. June 13, 2009.
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  • September 24, 2010. Santa Fe Railyard Park, Santa Fe, NM.
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  • June 19, 2010. Hudson River Waterfront, Peekskill NY.
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  • July 12, 2010. Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, Germany. (V1)
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  • July 1, 2010. Ralphe Bunche Park, United Nations Headquarters, NY, NY.
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  • July 13, 2010. Peenemünde Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, Germany. (V2)
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  • Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France. June 19, 2009.
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  • Bandelier National Monument, NM. October 16, 2009.
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  • Bosque del Apache Wild Bird Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico. December 7, 2009. Photo: Maria de las Casas.
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  • Bosque del Apache Wild Bird Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico. December 7, 2009. Photo: Maria de las Casas.
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  • National Mall, Washington DC. March 18, 2010.
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  • National Mall, Washington DC. March 18, 2009. Photo: Genevieve Russel.
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  • Malibu, California. November 26, 2009.
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  • Malibu, California. November 26, 2009.
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  • Bosque del Apache, New Mexico. December 6, 2009. Photo: Maria de las Casas.
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  • Bosque del Apache Wild Bird Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico. December 7, 2009. Photo: Maria de las Casas.
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  • Malibu, California. November 26, 2009.
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  • Tsankawi, Bandelier National Monument, NM. October 16, 2009.
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  • Ashley Pond, Los Alamos, NM. September 27, 2009.
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  • Bandelier National Monument, NM. October 16, 2009. Photo: Dagmar Diebels.
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  • Swami's Beach, San Diego, CA. March 16, 2009.
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  • Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara,CA. July 22, 2009.
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  • Dupont Circle, Washington DC. March 19, 2010. Photo: Genevieve Russell.
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  • July 20, 2010. 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. (Organized through the European Ceramic Work Center.)
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  • June 19, 2010. Hudson River Waterfront, Peekskill, NY.
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  • Amherst College, Amherst, MA. March 26, 2010.
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  • Bosque del Apache Wild Bird Refuge, San Antonio, New Mexico. December 7, 2009.
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  • Lava Tunnel; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. September 4, 2009. Photo: Helmut Hillenkamp.
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  • Pelican Bay, Puerto Ayora; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. August 29, 2009. Photo: Helmut Hillenkamp.
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  • Pelican Bay, Puerto Ayora; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. August 29, 2009.
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  • Underwater, Garapatero Beach; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. August 31, 2009. Photo: Fausto Cardoso.
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  • Underwater, Las Grietas; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. September 2, 2009. Photo: Fausto Cardoso.
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  • Underwater, Las Grietas; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. September 2, 2009. Photo: Fausto Cardoso.
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  • Pelican Bay, Puerto Ayora; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. August 29, 2009. Photo: Fausto Cardoso.
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  • Tortuga Bay; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. September 5, 2009. Photo: Fausto Cardoso.
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  • Parte Alta, island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. September 4, 2009. Photo: Helmut Hillenkamp.
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  • Garapatero Beach; island of Santa Cruz, Galapagos, Ecuador. August 31, 2009. Photo: Fausto Cardoso.
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  • Central Park, next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY. July 2, 2009.
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  • Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France. June 19, 2009.
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  • Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France. June 19, 2009.
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  • Central Park, next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY. July 2, 2009.
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  • Hangeweiher Park, Aachen, Germany. June 13, 2009.
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  • RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. June 10, 2009.
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  • Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara,CA. July 22, 2009.
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  • Leadbetter Beach, Santa Barbara,CA. July 22, 2009.
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  • Esalen Institute, the garden. Big Sur, CA. July 28, 2009.
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  • Esalen Institute, the baths. Big Sur, CA. July 31, 2009.
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  • Tune-up Café, Santa Fe, NM. February 27, 2009.
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  • Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM. May 12, 2009.
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  • Swami's Beach, San Diego, CA. March 16, 2009.
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  • Santa Fe Main Library, Santa Fe, NM. March 21, 2009.
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  • March 29, 2009. Frenchy's Field, Santa Fe, NM.
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  • April 3 & 4, 2009. Besthoff Sculpture Garden, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA. Sponsored by Sculpture for New Orleans.
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  • Box Gallery/Railyard, Santa Fe, NM. May 16, 2009.
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  • "Journey's End" sculpture, Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM. May 24, 2009.
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  • The Documentary film about the birds, by German film makers Tom Meffert and Dagmar Diebels, is available for sale!  $20, includes shipping.  Please click on the "info" button above to access the pay cart.
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Birds in the Park

 C h r i s t y    H e n g s t   --   b i r d s   i n  t h e  p a r k

     “birds in the park”  is a traveling public art project which flew 2008-2012.  Both event and exhibition, it involved a flock of porcelain birds which appeared in the early morning hours at a particular location, were available for interaction during the day, and disappeared by nightfall.  The birds had cobalt images and text silk-screened and fired onto them, investigating aspects of humanity, with a focus on war and peace.

     With their initial landings in Santa Fe, the birds have flown to over sixty locations, including Central Park and the United Nations Headquarters in NY; beaches along the coast of California; a sculpture garden in New Orleans; the National Mall and the Capitol in Washington DC; Chartres Cathedral in France; Peenemünde, Germany; the weapons lab town of Los Alamos, New Mexico; the Netherlands; Cuenca, Ecuador; and even migrated as far as the Galapagos Islands.

     At first sight, the sculptures are often mistaken for oddly still pigeons.  They are, in a sense, carrier pigeons, as the forms carry images and text on their backs. The message they bear is an exploration of the beautiful and the horrible side by side. The content originated with the shock and dismay I felt as the US government began its second war with Iraq, and expanded to consider the phenomenon of war in general.  The questions posed by the birds are about the humanness of us all,  how we are all connected, and the unthinkable ways in which that bond is disregarded. 

     The specific material on the birds includes images of children playing, love letters, poetry, recipes and prose, layered with newspaper articles and photographs of the lead-up to and beginning of the current Iraq war, as well as other war-related documents.   

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