John and Kris Rogers and Matthew Selvar, 9, observe the crow, a new inhabitant at Les Gove Park. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

John and Kris Rogers and Matthew Selvar, 9, observe the crow, a new inhabitant at Les Gove Park. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Crow With Fries officially finds its resting spot

Community welcomes settled bird, a sculptured public art piece

  • Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:35am
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The Auburn community welcomed Crow With Fries, a Peter Reiquam sculpture, during an official landing celebration Friday at Les Gove Park.

Standing 12 feet tall and stretching 18 feet long, the crow is a public art piece, a powder-coated aluminum structure shaped by the hands of its artist, Reiquam.

Reiquam installed the big bird and its savory french fries at the park on May 15 in preparation of the celebration.

The landing celebration in the park included a ribbon cutting ceremony, entertainment, curated art activities related to crows and crow-inspired games. Free hot dogs, chips, drinks and dessert were served.

The city of Auburn commissioned Reiquam to create an iconic public art piece to occupy the former Big Daddy’s Drive-In site by the popular park. Inspired by the history of the site and the countless playful crows that frequent the park, Reiquam designed and sculpted Crow With Fries.

Crow With Fries, replete with eyes that light up at night, seeks to spark the imagination of thousands who drive along Auburn Way South and encourages the public to visit the park and meet the winged creature.

Reiquam has been creating interactive, site-specific, public art for more than 30 years. Each of his projects is a unique response to the special character of a given site, inspired by its history, culture, architecture and landscape.

Celebration of the Crow, an art exhibition, will remain on display at the Auburn Community & Event Center, 910 Ninth St. SE, until July 9.

For more information, visit auburnwa.gov.

The Fabulous Murphtones perform as The Crow Tones. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

The Fabulous Murphtones perform as The Crow Tones. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Charlie Wehunt, 3, plays Pin the French Fry on the Crow. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

Charlie Wehunt, 3, plays Pin the French Fry on the Crow. RACHEL CIAMPI, Auburn Reporter

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