The Early Bird: An Installation

May 16, 2016 10:30 am-May 23, 2016 5:00 pm

Echoing the fifty stars of the American flag, a flock of fifty Harlequin ducks in flight sweep over the American Museum’s South Lawn.

The ducks have been hand-made from light-weight wood, hand-stained, and then mounted on poles of varying heights, to echo the shape of a migratory flock. Inspiration has also been drawn from the charming decoy ducks found in our folk art collection.

The installation has been created by local artists Carl Godfrey, David Gordon, and Emily Hunter. It celebrates the new early opening time of 10.30am for our gardens, grounds, and cafe— now all early birds can enjoy the unspoilt view from our terrace with their morning coffee.

Visitors are invited to share their pictures of the installation with us using the hashtag ‘#earlybirds’ for the chance to win a year’s Maple Membership to the Museum.