I wanted to make a 4 foot bird Girl statue like this little one in my yard.  

The original Bird Girl statue was located in the Old Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia, and is best known from the cover of the book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.  A replica of that statue made for the filming of the movie can be seen here:  http://goodandevil.warnerbros.com/cmp/oldbon.html

The original statue, one of only 4 cast by artist Sylvia Shaw Judson, now resides in the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah.

         

I started with a simple 1" PVC frame.  I had to use a heat gun to get the angle of the PVC on the arms right since they don't carry a fitting that bends in that degree at any stores close by.

Next, I added the chicken wire.  Have I mentioned that I HATE working with chicken wire?

         

GREAT STUFF!

I used almost 6 cans of it to cover the frame.

She gets hair!

I gave her some Great Stuff hair.

I think she likes her new "do".

She gets a head!

I cut the base off of one of those styro wig heads at an angle to give her that tilt.  I bored out the hole in the bas to fit over the PVC at the neck and stick a couple of bamboo skewers in there too for some added stability and stuck in on the PVC.  A nice tight fit!

    

I'm sharpening my boning knife to give Bird Girl a little trim off the hips and such.

Bird Girl with her new hair cut and svelte new figure.

I spent most of the day filling holes, carving and sanding on day 2 of the Bird Girl 2005 project.  When I was done, my husband hooked up his automotive detail gun and threw a couple of coats of paint on her for me.  (He just wanted to play with his new toy  ;) )

This is what she looked like when he was done with the base coats.  My daughter, Taylor had to get in the picture with her.  What a HAM!

    

I hadn't finished the bowls when he decided to paint.  I'll be Liquid Nailing them onto her hands.  I carved them with the WonderCutter out of white styrofoam and a Dremel.  They're half painted here.

Bowls are done and added with Liquid Nails.

 

I think she's done now.  I may go back and add a different color paint for some added depth, but for the moment... this is it!

I give you:

"Bird Girl 2005"

I used a plain old dish sponge to add some gray paint to her.  Just lightly sponged it on.  I want to add that I use exterior paint for all of my projects, that way they won't start to run when it rains here in "sunny" Florida.  

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