Check Out These Parrots Reciting Modernist Poetry at the Pérez Art Museum
The quartet has memorized impressive verses from 'The Waste Land'.
Cleo, David, Paco, Zach and Jany are already celebrities in Miami. They make regular guest appearances on television and often show face at events around town.
The artists, Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol, have specially designed and built an aviary for the exhibition, which focuses on ecological concerns. They have taught the parrots to recite T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land,” 434 lines that come together to form the Holy Grail of modern poetry.
The birds are free to fly around their cage and perch on capital letters that spell out GLOBAL WARMING, CLIMATE CHANGE and SUSTAINABILITY.
When the parrots’ first class vet and caretaker aren’t around, museum staff and volunteers, who have been trained to take care of the birds, will feed them and clean up after them.
The museum answered a list of FAQs for worried locals and bird lovers, assuring those concerned that the birds would be in safe hands even during a hurricane. For instance, “in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, the parrots will be taken to a safe and appropriate environment,” it states on the page.
Following the exhibition, the animals will return to their Miami home. The FAQ page informs a disappointed public that the feathered quintet can be neither bought nor adopted.
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