Pink Flamingos: creator of world’s greatest lawn ornament dies
RIP Donald Featherstone. You were 79. And you were the artist who gave the world the pink flamingo lawn ornament, having created the wonder in 1957 for the Union Products plastic factory.
Mr Featherstone died in a care home in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
Don created the flamingo when he was freshly graduated from art school, and newly employed at a plastics factory. One of his first assignments was to create three-dimensional plastic lawn ornaments (up to that time, most plastic lawn ornaments were more or less flat). The flamingo was one of his earliest efforts for the factory.
Eventually he became president of the company.
He is survived by this wife, who used to dress like him.