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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Giant Sparrows

Two lifelike birds, 18 feet tall, created by artist Myfanwy MacLeod, who meant it as warning against non-native species. The giant sparrows have expressions suggesting that they view itty-bitty humans as food.

Milton Wong Plaza

1650 Manitoba St., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Milton Wong Plaza. In the former Olympic Village. The two birds stand on either side of a plaza that fills the space between Manitoba and Salt Sts, just north of Walter Hardwick Ave. Three blocks west of Main St. and two blocks north of W. 2nd Ave.
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Giant Sparrows

Both sparrows are back in place and are spectacular!

[Tania, 09/06/2023]

The sparrows spent several years at the giant bird spa but have returned.

Giant Sparrows

The giant sparrows are currently not in the Square (since October 2017). They are being repaired.

[Joannah Soderborg, 05/27/2018]

Giant sparrow.

Giant Sparrows

Two giant 16-foot-tall sparrows by artist Myfanwy MacLeod stand in False Creek Plaza.

[David Kamada, 08/12/2012]

"The Birds" landed in 2010 for the Vancouver Winter Olympics and have stayed ever since. The artist is on record saying that she created them simply because she wanted to make giant birds. They have unsettled some visitors, and some believe that they were secretly meant to be scary.

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