Plastic Flamingos Saved From Extinction

Van Mensvoort
May 10th 2008

Did you know there are more plastic flamingos in the USA than real ones? Plastic flamingos are widely considered to be the stereotypical example of lawn kitsch – the American's answer to garden dwarfs. Designed in 1957 by Don Featherstone while working for Union Products, the pink flamingo has gone from a piece of Florida exotica to a symbol of trash culture. Featherstone sculpted his 3-D flamingos from clay, working from photos of the birds in National Geographic.

The species stopped replicating, when manufacturer Union Products went out of business on November 1, 2006. However Faster-Form Corporations now purchased the copyright and plastic molds of Featherstone's original plastic flamingos and will be resuming production in order to save the plastic flamingos from extinction.

See also: It came out of the sea.

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Plastic Flamingos
Posted 02/04/2011 – 00:05

The Plastic Flamingos are no longer made by Faster-Form. You can get some of the original Don Featherstone Pink Flamingos from the internet. I also have some other great plastic flamingos on my website.

Sunny
Posted 27/07/2009 – 19:22

I like lawn kitsch, the plastic flamingos are so beautiful and I'm so happy every time, when I see them in my garden...

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