Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Musings On: The Bird Girl

When I think of cemetery's, my mind quickly evokes the image of the solemn Bird Girl.



Probably one of the most noticeable figures in cemetery history, The Bird Girl became renowned when she appeared as cover art on the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Before she gained notoriety, she went relatively unremarked upon on a family plot in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah Georgia. The whimsical bronze statue was originally sculpted by Sylvia Shaw Judson in 1936. She went on to sculpt four more, the final one named "Little Wendy" by the Trosdal family, who placed the statue on their family burial plot. It was photographer Jack Leigh who brought the statue to the forefront when he snapped her for the cover of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. After the 1994 release of the bestselling novel, Little Wendy's image became synonymous with Bonaventure Cemetery. She was soon moved to Savannah's Telfair Museum of Art and that is where she still resides. 


This post is part of The Graveyard Book challenge and read along. For more graveyard perspectives, visit the discussion post.

8 comments:

  1. I love that little story and when I saw the picture I was thinking 'I know I've seen that before' - at least you answered from where otherwise I would have been racking my brains all night and it probably wouldn't have occurred to me to simply look in my book case - where this book is sat right now!
    Thanks
    Lynn :D

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    1. Yes, the story is a good one. I'm a big fan of southern gothic's with an eclectic cast of characters. This is definitely one of those images that a person may not know where it's from but they know they know it!

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  2. There's something creepy about that statue, and I'm not even sure what...but it's creeeepy!

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    1. Hello there. The statue has a lonely quality that is chilling to me, personally.

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  3. Very cool story & image.. I think the tilt in her head is what gives me the creepy feeling.

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    1. Hello. I think everyone finds their own little something haunting about her. I forgot to mention that a young girl posed for the sculpture. Another interesting tidbit. Maybe she was tired of standing and tilted her head just so.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this tidbit of cemetery history. I didn't know the origins of this statue! Now I do.

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