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Purple Martin by Douglas Neufville Taylor

Purple Martin by Douglas Neufville Taylor
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Artwork DescriptionPurple Martin is a beautiful songbird. This steely and iridescent blue-black spends its winters in the Amazon River basin. Each spring they fly on the southern edge of warm weather until faithfuly returning to the backyards of their landlords, like those at Selkirk Waterfront who generously erected their nesting boxes.
Artwork StatementIt's a continously moving wind-powered spring - clearly the metaphor embraces the risks involved in simply being alive, even if you're a bug.

About Douglas Neufville Taylor


Artwork TypeSculpture
MediumSteel, marble (white marble from Vancouver Island) and lead
Unveiled dateJanuary 12, 2004
Reference #3784
Site2940 Jutland Road, in front of the restaurant.
Art CategoryPrivately Held Public Art
Selection ProcessPrivate: Rezoning Amenity
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: East Burnside-Gorge



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