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Massive Bird Sculptures Will Tower Over Broadway Until Spring

By Gwynne Hogan | January 9, 2015 4:38pm | Updated on January 12, 2015 8:43am
 Artists know as Myth Makers unveil their installation in Midtown.
Avian Avatars in Garment District
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GARMENT DISTRICT — Towering bird sculptures made of saplings, wire and plastic bags have landed along a stretch of Broadway.

"Avian Avatars," an exhibit made up of a series of five 18-to-25-foot-tall birds, was installed in the pedestrian plazas on Broadway from West 36th to West 41st streets on Jan. 3, according the Garment District Alliance.

"[The exhibit] is meant to indicate transformation, encouraging the public to heed the stories about current human impact on the changing world," the BID said in a written statement.

Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein, the two artists behind the installation who go by the name Myth Makers, fashioned the structures out of maple saplings and found objects including caution tape.

The series of birds — including an owl, a red-tailed hawk, a crow, a pigeon and a falcon — was unveiled to the public on Friday morning with a reception, and will be on display until April.

“We were conscious of the scale of Avian Avatars in the Big Apple,” Myth Makers said in a statement. “The way they populate the streetscape and activate curiosity and wonder is the overall goal.”