Save the Flamingos

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Lawn flamingo history


Featherstone flamingos -- NRFB
The iconic pink plastic flamingo lawn ornament was created in 1957 by Don Featherstone for Union Products. Don won the 1996 Ig Nobel Art Prize for this sculpture. The inherent kitsch of the pink flamingo sculpture won it an instant place in pop culture as it began to decorate lawns across the country.

Unfortunately by the late 1960s, lawn flamingos had been degraded to a tacky kitschy lawn ornament, and were banished from lawns across America. It was a dark time for the iconic lawn flamingo.

Some few lawn flamingo habitats remained until the rights to the molds were purchased by HMC International. Pink lawn flamingos once again began production in 2007, and have once again began to migrate across American lawns.

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