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An Artist Talk with Photographer and Toy Designer David M Bird

  • 11 Thomas Street
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone (401) 331-1114
  • Dates: September 24, 2020
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: $20 general admission

Join photographer and toy designer David Bird for a behind-the-scenes peek at how he creates his work, specifically his whimsical and imaginative Becorns series. This body of work features characters made from acorns and sticks, which are photographed in the wild with real animals. The process usually involves a study of animal behavior, birdseed, and a lot of patience. David will share some of the lessons he took away from his experience as a Lego designer, his early explorations building with natural materials, and how his characters evolved from there. He’ll share a video of the building process and discuss the techniques he’s developed over the last 10+ years to entice animals to interact with his figures.

About David M Bird:

David M Bird is a photographer and toy designer based in South Kingstown, RI. His photography conjures a whimsical world where acorn creatures grow on trees, feed birds, and defend themselves against squirrel attacks. To achieve this, he builds creatures out of acorns and sticks, then photographs them in the wild with real animals. This process evolved from his years as a designer for Lego where he learned to build characters and tell stories with bricks. Now he does the same, but with sticks. David studied Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, spent most of his career designing toys for Lego and Hasbro, and has exhibited his work at RI Comic Con.

See his work and learn more at

How to Register

PAC Members should register using our convenient Google Form. Non-members can register via Eventbrite. For questions about this program, contact Gallery Manager Michael Rose at or via phone at 401-331-1114 x 5.