Monday, October 12, 2015

Mother Pigeon


I first saw Tina Trachtenburg and her soft-sculpture pigeons in Union Square last April. Tina calls herself Mother Pigeon, and created the sculptures as a way to help people "understand that pigeons are beautiful." She moves them around the city to various parks, but I've seen her most frequently in Union Square.









I am not afraid to admit that I detest real pigeons—actually I'm kind of frightened of birds in general—but I'm obsessed with Tina's creations. I can't help but stop every time I see them to see what they're up to, and to donate whatever I can spare. I never mind giving money to people that move me in some way, and it's hard to put my finger on why exactly, but I just love these pigeons. They're so cute and quirky and very realistic—from a few feet away you'd swear they were real until you realize they aren't moving.










It's not just the pigeons themselves, but the whole set-up that's perfect. I love her signs and her various props—in addition to pigeons, she also has a grouping of smaller birds and pizza slices. She most recently added a few rats nibbling on a slice of pizza, a wonderful scene I can only assume was inspired by overnight New York celebrity (and my spirit animal), Pizza Rat.

I don't know Tina and I've never talked to her, but if you see her and her pigeons please be respectful. I've seen people rearranging her scenes to get the photo they want (which I think is so rude) and little kids run up and grab the sculptures while their parents do nothing. You can tell a lot of thought and work goes into these sculptures, and they've brightened many of my days in ways that real pigeons never would. I love that I live in a world that not only has a Pizza Rat, but also has a woman who loves all of New York's creatures enough to turn them into art.

9 comments:

  1. My daughter bought me one of Tina's pigeons for my birthday in July. I love it. She's amazing and I do hope you get to speak to her one day. Your photos of her pigeons and rat are the best! Oh, and my family name means pigeon in Russian so I have affinity for these birds.

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    1. I would love to buy one of her creations—I'll have to keep that in mind!

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  2. I think Mother piegeon is brilliant, love her

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  3. I know Mother Pigeon very well! Stop and talk to her. You think her flocks are beautiful, get to know her and you'll see how art reflects life. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Your pictures are amazing, so happy to see them done so beautifully. Thank you for such a lovely article!

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    1. Thank you! I'm usually shy and awkward with strangers, but I'm sure she's lovely. Someone who makes such wonderful things has to be great. I'll try and say hi next time I see her ;)

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  4. This is great. I happen to love both pigeons and rats. I think pigeons are beautiful birds and good on her for trying to convey that to everyone.

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  5. Hi Alexandra, I was looking up Mother pigeon and I found your blog from Mother pigeon's website. I really liked your posts. I'd like to ask if I can use some of your pictures to write a post about mother pigeon for sure write down a credit. If you feel unconvinient about this, I of course won't use them.
    Thanks!

    Yeji

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    best, Yeji

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