SPOKANE, Wash. – For the first time in nearly two decades, swans grace Manito Park’s Mirror Pond. However, now you will have to appreciate the birds through a sculpture.
The sculpture features a pair of bronze mute swans to “immortalize the community’s love for the park, its beauty and history with the elegant birds”.
It was created by local Spokane artist Vincent De Felice and was donated to the park by the Washington Trust Bank.
De Felice was born in Spokane and graduated from Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University. He has worked as an art director for North by Northwest Productions and Entertainment since 1993.
According to Spokane Parks & Recreation, Manito Park’s record as a refuge for mute swans dates back to the early 1900s. Keeping the birds safe and healthy was an ongoing challenge because they are not native to the area. Despite efforts to feed the swans, they disappeared by 2006.
“The statue returns the spirit and legacy of the swan to Manito Park, and we look forward to honoring the beloved birds in their eternal home,” said Jack Heath, president of Washington Trust Bank. “It will create memories for generations to come without endangering or introducing animals that are not native to our area.”