Don Featherstone, fabricator of the kitschy pink flamingo, died on Monday, June 22, 2015 at the age of 79. Mr. Featherstone was an artist by training, but who knew that the enduring medium of plastic and his eye for verisimilitude would cement him as the father of an icon in suburban garden whimsy. He partnered with Tom Herzing on a coffee table tome of “real” folks exploring the creative limits of dressing and posing their pink flamingos: The Original Pink Flamingos: Splendor on the Grass is still available. I would imagine the folks at Schiffer Books are bracing for a run. Link below if you want to check it out. http://www.schifferbooks.com/the-original-pink-flamingos-splendor-on-the-grass-962.html Who doesn’t have an opinion about the wire-legged lawn ornament? Whether you love or loath the bird you can’t deny its longevity or its place in American mid-century folk culture. John Waters made a transgressive cult movie featuring them, named after them, too. And when John Waters features your work in his, I’d say you have crossed the rubicon from American mass-culture into high-art. Fare thee well Don Featherstone. Long live the pink flamingo!