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What is Next Nature?

With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

Plastic flamingos saved from extinction

Plastic flamingos saved from extinction

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.

Discussion

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

  2. 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.