Oh how we love the Savannah Bird Girl statue; a graceful work of art, named after a lovely Southern town. Her imagery fits right in with the billowy Candler Oak trees draped in Spanish moss that are common place in Savannah, Georgia. 

Although she is known for her Southern roots, the statue was originally sculpted in 1936 by Sylvia Shaw Judson in Lake Forest, Illinois. Four original statues were made from the plaster cast. Afterwards, the cast was donated to Crow Island School in Winnetka, Illinois.

The most famous statue was placed in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. The family who purchased the statue named it “Little Wendy” and designated as her their family plot. This beauty stood many years without much attention. She did not achieve recognition until 1994, when a photo of The Bird Girl appeared on the cover of the best selling novel, Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil by John Berendt. She was also featured in the movie of the same name. 

Her notoriety had become too much. Some visitors begin chipping off pieces to take as souvenirs. At last, the Bird Girl found a resting place at the Telfair Museum in Savannah where she is safe.

While chipping nor cameras are welcome (thankfully) at the museum, it is still possible to have your own piece of her… in whole. Replicas are available through Statue.com. Our Savannah Bird Girl fountain would look pretty fabulous in your garden! 

 

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