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First designed in 1957, by sculpture Don Featherstone for the plastics company Union Products. They became a sameness trend post-World War II construction. That soon changed; the flamingo became an emblem of tackiness.
However, as early as the 1960s, pop artists including Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg had begun elevating the low brow and embracing mass culture and then, phoenix-like, the flamingo rose from its ashes.

By the mid-1980s, the flamingos were transitioning from a working-class accessory to an elaborate upper-class inside joke. They furnished colorful substitutes for croquet wickets and clever themes for charity galas. The bird became a sort of plastic punch line, and, at worst, a way of hinting at one’s own good taste by revelling in the bad taste of others.

Then the plastic flamingo reemerged once more as an inflatable toy embraced by a social media madness of pop celebrities in their extravagant swimming pools. I wonder, did they know about the “The (tacky) history of the (plastic) Pink Flamingo” or it is just that people liked them?

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Giclee print on premium cotton canvas

The (tacky) history of the (plastic) Pink Flamingo (2018)


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This artwork is sold by Kristel Bechara from United Arab Emirates

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Kristel Bechara

United Arab Emirates

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