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Will Jackson working from sketches by Paul Spooner created this Phoenix bird which can be found over the doorway of the Phoenix Art Centre. It was commissioned for the opening of the Phoenix Arts Centre in 1999.

The piece, built from stainless steel, is hydraulically driven, lifts from the wall and spreads it's wings on the hour. The head, beak and neck move back and forth, driven by small hydraulic rams. Narrow beam spot lights shine from its eyes, giving an attractive look at night.

This is a must see piece of public art - make sure you turn up on the hour. And don't forget to take some birdseed!

The Exeter Phoenix Rises
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Phoenix Bird

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