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Bird Arising Sculpture Has a new Nest!

Local Architect’s Signature Sculpture Heads for Massachusetts

August 1, 2006

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New City  NY -  Over the past two years Michael Shilale Architects, LLP, has harbored a striking stainless steel sculpture of a bird about to take flight. In front of their building on Park Avenue in New City, “Bird Arising” is the work of Edward Walsh, a Rockland based artist from Valley Cottage. His client list includes Merv Griffin, a former empress of Iran and various corporate headquarters around the country, as well as local clients like Camp Venture’s Holocaust Memorial and Pomona Junior High School. Besides large scale outdoor sculpture work, Walsh also creates interior sized sculptures, bas reliefs, kinetic sculptures, and works on paper.  “We have been extremely fortunate to be able to have this wonderful piece of art on display while Edward was looking to sell it,” says Shilale, a former chairperson of Art in Public Places of Rockland County.

“Bird Arising,” with it’s nine foot wing span, will be temporarily perching in Newburyport, Massachusetts, at the Somersby Landing Sculpture Park through the summer of 2007. It is still for sale and looking to find a permanent roost.

“It should be interesting to see how people take to the next sculpture we get from Edward,” says Shilale, whose architectural offices became known as “the building with the beautiful bird.” As an ardent supporter of art in public spaces, Shilale is looking forward to helping to promote the works of more Hudson Valley artists in the coming years.

Michael Shilale believes good architecture, like good art, music, literature, etc. can make a tremendous difference in our lives and our communities. His firm’s focus on quality design seeks to enhance the lives of those who live, learn, work and play in and around his buildings.

Michael Shilale Architects, LLP, an eight person architectural engineering firm founded in 1991, serves an educational, institutional, municipal, commercial and residential client base, from Manhattan to Monticello, including Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Westchester and Nassau counties, in New York, as well as Bergen County, in New Jersey. For more information, please call 845-708-9200, or visit their website at,