We brought our dream to life and that dream was to build a 40 foot tall flamingo! Inspired by Don Featherstone‘s classic pink flamingo lawn ornament, the Phoenicopterus Rex features climbable legs and a sitting area on the back of this massive lawn ornament.
As an art piece, Phoenicopterus Rex is a physical manifestation of Americana pop-kitsch meets modern industry: all bubblegum pink, fiberglass and steel. It aims to make the familiar absurd, exciting participants with the iconic image and then drawing them in so that they may interact with the structure.
The end result is a fun but complex image, deconstructing old tropes and speaking to the ambiguity of “reverence and ridicule.”
After debuting at Burning Man in 2017,
Phoenicopterus Rex has been visited Lyft Art Park Las Vegas (2019), Day Trip Los Angeles (2021), Long Beach Pride (2022), Heatwave Chicago (2023), and Day Trip Los Angeles (2023).
In 2023, Phoenicopterus Rex got a facelift just in time for Heatwave Chicago. Inspired bye 80's Miami Vice, this 40 foot tall flamingo is now even poppier and kitschier!