Friday, 22 September 2017

Beautiful Birds

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

Painting of swallows on a paving slab by the side of the towpath of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal at Firepool, Taunton

Chough and anchor on the sign of the Hood Arms at Kilve
This was the crest of the Acland-Hood family of St Audries.

Straw birds on a thatched cottage in Dunster

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