30 Days of Suedre & Bird, an installation art project

30 Days of Suedre & Bird, an installation art project

I think I mentioned I’m taking a Coursera class, Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques. If I didnt, well, I’m taking a Coursera class, Introduction to Art: Concepts and Techniques. In this class, we have an art assignment every week and this week is installation art. I instantly thought of a project I did back in 2008 with a plastic pink flamingo and a camera. I decided to review it and collect up the photos in a quick view mosaic. I enjoyed doing it and looking at the photos again so much, I decided to share the whole project, including the required artist’s statement. The coursera folks only saw two of the high res photos, but I’m treating you all to FIVE, lucky you! Without further ado, here they are!


Tilte: Bird (2008)
Summary: 30 days in the life of Suedre told though images depicting Bird, my half of the pink plastic flamingo pair my best friend and I split when we moved to separate states. For close ups, I selected two that I think best fits what I was trying to accomplish – cheeky interactive personification of an inanimate object.

I completed this project in 2008. I made a Bird carrying purse and a few pairs of feet and carried him with me everywhere I went for 30 days. Each day, I installed Bird in a funny or interactive place, took his photograph, then published it on a daily blog. Some days were more challenging than others. For example, the grocery store manager was none too thrilled with me taking photos in his store. Sometimes it was just getting over feeling silly, like when I put a plastic tennis show wearing flamingo next to a statue at a very busy mall.

For this project, it was important to humanize Bird and make him part of his environment. I didn’t want to just put a plastic flamingo somewhere and take a picture. I wanted him to look as if he were an active participant in his various summer activities. It was also important to tell a story. He starts with the first picture leaving the house and ends with the last, going to bed.  For me, looking back on this project has been more meaningful than the project itself. Through Bird, I can remember and relive small everyday moments, like ordering at the drive through, that I would have never considered important or interesting otherwise. He tells the story of my life for those 30 days as if he were me.

This project started as a silly internet game but quickly became something else. By day 3, I was completely engaged in the challenge of putting Bird in various places and telling a story everyday with nothing more than plastic flamingo a cell phone snapshot.  In the five years since I completed this project, I’ve certainly gained significant technical skills in photography and storytelling through art. Maybe I should give this another go!

My favorite days!

Day 3, Shopping at Harris Teeter
Day 4, Offended at the July 4th BBQ
Day 13, OK – not part of the final photos, but it melted my heart to
run across this one when editing. She’s so grown now!
Day 17, At the Sonic drive up (makes me giggle every time I see this one!)
Day 27, A new perspective.

I hope these made you smile and you enjoy them as much as I do!

Link Ins:
Really Random Thursday @ Live a Colorful Life


  1. heh, yeah. seriously. I tried to do “stuffy, serious” art pieces for the other projects and it just failed. I dont know how to do things any way but goofy and fun. 🙂

  2. Seriously?! You make me laugh. In a good way, I assure you! Keep it up.

  3. I love these pictures and I love the faxt that you did this! You must have missed him on day 31! It almost makes me want to go out and buy a flamingo 🙂

  4. Love this! Would of loved seeing you lug the flamingo around! Or better yet, the people watching you doing this!!

    • hahaha Donna, I’m certainly more than one eyebrow was raised! 🙂

  5. So very funny! Can’t imagine what you went through to get them! Thanks for the laugh!!

    • Glad you enjoyed them! It *did* take a ton of time to find places to drag him. He stayed home a few days because I was crazy sick. See – it worked. I would have NEVER remembered an awful cold in July 2008 without the help of my friend Bird. 🙂

  6. OMG……I forgot about this. I loved looking at the daily photos. Always are me smile. Soooooooo Suedre

    • I had all but forgotten it too! Was really glad I kept most of it around to go back to. 🙂

  7. haha! the Sonic one is classic!

    🙂 Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

    • It totally is. Takes guts to do too 🙂


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