Another artist who collaborated with birds is David Brooks, whose bizarre installation occupies its own room. Still Life With Stampede and Wild Seabirds, which MAM commissioned for the exhibit, includes a parade of nearly life-size concrete pachyderms, galloping steeds, and foraging deer, all covered in bird droppings.

The faux beasts are the same type of outdoor statues that often adorn South Florida lawns. They were placed on the grounds of a wildlife and bird sanctuary in the Florida Keys for a lengthy period to earn their painterly patina of guano before making their MAM debut.

At the museum, they have been posed in the stampede formation made famous by Carl Akeley's herd of taxidermied elephants at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Matthew Buckingham's Six
Matthew Buckingham's Six

Location Info


Miami Art Museum

101 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Central Dade


"The Wilderness": Through June 26. Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000; Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

They are a symbol of our constant struggle to tame nature to our needs and of nature's subversive reminder that those illusions can as quickly be shattered by an unexpected spray of bird shit.

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