Keith Bird Legacy Park | Stephanie Inman

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Keith Bird Legacy Park


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**CURRENTLY IN FABRICATION**

Keith Bird is an example of an exemplary community member. He is being honored with a Meridian park named after him, expected to open Fall 2017. I had the pleasure of interviewing Keith and found out he taught his wife to dance, that kids constantly on cell phones drive him crazy (amen!), and he loves pheasant hunting. Actually, his favorite thing in the world is when pheasants are flushed out of the reeds. I took that concept and designed an 18′ high sculpture to honor Keith, and make it a truly custom installation for his namesake park.

Keith’s career was in the architectural glass business, so there will be colorful glass accents in the pheasant wings. For the steel ‘screening’ in the reeds I’ve used a feather and checkerboard pattern as Keith was also a big fan of the Meridian Speedway.

The entry sign will coordinate and use giant pheasant feathers as a landmark. There’s also an interpretive panel that talks all about Keith Bird and his many accomplishments.

I can’t wait to see this project realized. The uber-talented Matt Grover created the mechanical files and these renderings and was a valuable consultant. As was Ken McCall who is the one actually making this 18′ tall sculpture. The glass accents were fired in Eagle by Melissa Reche at FUSIONS glass studio. Todd Klements at Forge Signworks is creating the entry sign and assisting Ken McCall with other details. They are all true craftsmen that I’ve been honored to work with.

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