High flyers

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Over the week­end, a flock of porce­lain birds will roost in the Santa Fe Rai­l­yard Park. Cov­ered in cobalt im­ages and silk-screened with po­etry, news­pa­per ar­ti­cles, and pho­to­graphs from the Iraq War, the birds are in­tended to pro­voke con­ver­sa­tion about our bonds to one an­other in a time of war. Ti­tled Birds in the Park, this project by Christy Hengst has been run­ning for two years in more than 60 lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing New York’s Cen­tral Park, on Cal­i­for­nia beaches, in a sculp­ture gar­den in New Or­leans, and at Chartres Cathe­dral in France. In Santa Fe, the birds are in the park (Guadalupe Street and Cer­ril­los Road) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fri­day and Satur­day, Sept. 24 and 25. They are back from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, Sept. 30, at Tip­ton Hall, where Hengst gives a talk on the his­tory of the project, us­ing slides and sto­ries. The lec­ture, spon­sored by the Santa Fe Art In­sti­tute, be­gins at 6 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $10, $5 for stu­dents and se­niors. Tip­ton Hall is at the Santa Fe Uni­ver­sity of Art and De­sign (1600 St. Michael’s Drive); call 424-5050.

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