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His mother, the president of a local garden club, cultivated burgeoning flowerbeds and precise hedges. In their buttoned-up Maryland suburb, lawn ornaments of any kind, let alone plastic pink flamingos, were anathema. One house down the street had a fake wishing well and that was painful enough.
InWaters released the film Pink Flamingoswhich was called both an abomination and an instant classic. The movie has almost nothing to do with the tropical fowl that stand sentinel during the opening credits: Though his own stylish mom might have disapproved, the day-glo wading birds were, back then, a straightforward attempt at working-class neighborhood beautification. The real plastic flamingo is in a sense extinct, Waters flamingox First designed dlamingosthe fake birds are natives not of Florida but of Leominster, Massachusetts, which bills itself as the Plastics Capital of the World.
At a nearby art school, sculptor Don Featherstone was hired by the plastics company Union Products, where his second assignment was to sculpt a pink flamingo. No live models presented themselves, so he unearthed a National Geographic photo spread. It took about two weeks to model both halves of the bird, brought into the third dimension by then-revolutionary injection-mold flamingow.
A flamingo-friendly trend was the sameness of post-World War II construction. Units in new subdivisions sometimes looked virtually identical. Sears eventually dropped the tchotchkes from its catalog.
But then, phoenixlike, the flamingo rose from its ashes or rather, from its pool of molten plastic: As early as the s, pop artists including Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg had begun elevating the low brow and embracing mass culture. Subscribe or Give a Gift.Im Looking To Give Oral This Morning
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