A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the helican!
by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1910
Our oh-so-talented Jan Halman-Miller has constructed this amusing Peep Show sculpture. She says this is her third time submitting for the Westminster Peep Show, an event that raises money for the Arts Council and scholarships. If you’ve ever been halted in traffic near the Carroll Art Center’s marquee as parents escort a bajillion children across the streets, it’s probably Peep Show time.
Jan explained that husband Roger made her a metal armature around which she formed a paper mache form. Then, she bought 300 colored Peeps (you know, those marshmallow Easter chicks!), cut 270 of them to shape and hot glued the pieces to her form to make the 3-D pelican sculpture.
Here’s a close up of how the peeps get fitted, melted glue and all. Pelican slobber, obviously.