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The Savannah Bird Girl statue was sculpted in
1936 by Sylvia Shaw Judson commissioned for a
garden in Massachusetts. However, 4 bronze statues
were cast from the mold and one ended up in Bonaventure
Cemetery in Savannah Georgia. For 48 years it
remained relatively unknown piece of art. Then
in 1994 the photo of The Bird Girl Statue appeared
on the best selling novel, “Midnight in
the Garden of Good & Evil” by John Berendt.
Taken by Jack Leigh, a respected Savannah photographer,
the photo showed the statue placed against a background
of trees covered in spanish moss and created the
perfect mood for the story. In fact, one can speculate
that the way that the girl is holding the bowls
conveys a weighing of good and evil although it
is doubtful that this was intended in the original
Due to the popularity of the novel, the Bird
Girl Statue had to be removed from the Bonaventure
Cemetery. It can now be viewed at the Telfair
Museum of Art in Savannah.
Sylvia Shaw Judson, the artist who created Bird
Girl was born in 1897 and grew up in Lake Forest,
Ill. While her notoriety was primarily limited
to the Chicago area, her work was exhibited in
The Whitney Museum of Modern Art and the Philadelphia
Museum of Art before her death in 1978.
Cast in a designer resin, this statue is available
in three sizes for use in home or garden.
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Bird Girl Statue Gallery.