On my travels around Somerset I have come across many artistic representations of birds: made from wire, topiary, brass, iron, stone, straw, plastic, wood and glass. As I come across others, I will add them to this blogpost.
Is this a crane? Pitney
Is this a peacock? Stembridge
Pheasant, Croydon Hill near Dunster
Woodpecker, Broadwood Plantation near Dunster
Kingfisher, Lopen Church
A spoonbill with an eel in its beak
Benchend in Stogursey Church
Rodney Stoke Church
The Blackbird Pub, Bradford-on-Tone
This sign used to be a 3 dimensional model but it is currently just a photo of that model. The original sign was made c1937 by West Somerset artist Rachel Reckitt (1908-1995). I don't know what has happened to the original sign, which is apparently Grade 2 listed.
Swan, Bishop's Palace, Wells
Swan, Wells Police Station
A tribute to Hot Fuzz, which was filmed in Wells
Eagle Lectern in St John the Baptist Church, Glastonbury
Lecterns in Anglican churches and cathedrals are often in the shape of eagles on whose outstretched wings a copy of the Bible rests. This is because an eagle is the symbol of St John the Apostle and writer of one of the four Gospels. Eagles are strong birds, who can soar high and carry God's word throughout the whole church and into the world beyond. The sphere the eagle is standing on represents the earth.
Wooden eagle lectern at St Barnabas Church, Queen Camel
Starling sculpture at Westhay Nature Reserve
Close up the starlings are very simple but from a distance they are very eye-catching
Stork bench end, St Michael's Church, North Cadbury
Swan, Horse Pond, Castle Cary
This sculpture is titled The Return and was made by Perry Jansen Chapman.
Pelican bench end
St Michael's Church, North Cadbury
Pelican? feeding its young
Bench end in St George's Church, Dunster
Two birds on a bench end in St George's Church, Dunster
Swan Fountain, Dunster Castle Garden
Slightly spooky owl chainsaw sculpture, Webbers Post
Iron bird sculpture on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal near Huntworth
Ducks Puddle - house sign at East Quantoxhead
Back of the Ducks Puddle house sign, East Quantoxhead
Marsh Harrier? Willow Sculpture at Steart Marshes
Peacock close to Taunton Castle
Bird on a bench end, All Saints' Church, Alford
Bench end, St Mary's Church, East Quantoxhead
A pair of birds on a bench end in St Mary's Church, East Quantoxhead
Wire peacock in Old Town Quarry, Weston-super-Mare
Robin, Old Town Quarry, Weston-super-Mare
Blackbird at Old Town Quarry, Weston-super-Mare
Iron pheasant on a garden fence in Ashill
Buzzard on the West Bagborough village sign
Martlet sculpture in an alcove above the front door of Townsend House, Townsend Road, Minehead
Kingfisher, owl, buzzard, robin and woodpecker sculptures in the playground of Kingston St Mary Church of England Primary School
The classes in the school are called Owl, Buzzard, Robin and Woodpecker. The After School Club is called Kingfishers.
Topiary peacock in the garden at Lytes Cary (National Trust)
Peacock sculpture in the Cloisters of Wells Cathedral
This is a memorial to those whose ashes are buried in the Palm Churchyard.
Flight of Six Acres Phoenix
This colourful sculpture, which was made by artists Becky Shaw and Tad & Brenda Mendziej, was donated by Taunton and District Mencap Society and the Friends of Six Acres. It is located in the sensory garden in Vivary Park, Taunton and was unveiled in October 2019.
Flight of Six Acres Phoenix from the back
Wire goose sculpture in the garden of Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey