one of the last bird updates:
In July the birds travelled to Peenemünde, Germany, where the V1 and V2 rockets were being developed during WWII, and where there is now an excellent museum. In addition to two days of the birds landing on the grounds there, my father gave a talk during the landing about his experiences as a child in Peenemünde. Many thanks to the museum director Christian Mühldorfer-Vogt and the staff, who welcomed the birds and my family and the film crew for what felt like a very meaningful visit.
We then continued to Den Bosch in the Netherlands. The birds were hosted by the European Ceramic Work Center, another wonderful institution, that engages in experimental work with artists and clay. The flock settled in a park nearby, encountering people from all walks of life, from children to the elderly to the homeless people who lived there.
The "birds in the park" project is hurtling towards its conclusion at the end of September.
This Saturday, August 28th, they will be in Berkeley, CA, at the Civic Center Plaza, next to the farmer's market and coinciding with the Berkeley Music Fest.
And finally, Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th, they will return to Santa Fe to land at the Santa Fe Railyard Park, with a last short appearance at the Santa Fe Art Institute on September 30th, when there will also be a lecture/slide show about the project -- 6pm at Tipton Hall -- for those of you in the area, it would be great to see you.
This has been an amazing two-year journey, traveling with the project and meeting so many people -- Thank you for coming along for the ride!
The birds will all be looking for new homes, once they have stopped flying, so please contact me if you are interested in buying one.
All the best to you,
Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, Germany, with V1 bomb.
ramp that was used to send V1 bomb.
Historical Technical Museum, Peenemünde, Germany, with V2.
Museum Director Christian Mühldorfer-Vogt, my parents Betty and Werner Hengst, and filmmakers Tom Meffert and Dagmar Diebels, on tour of war-time landmarks (here the former labor camp) in Peenemünde.
Museum Director Christian Mühldorfer-Vogt and my father Werner Hengst during the talk.
Casino Park, Den Bosch, The Netherlands