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Flock of Finns

This segment, from a 2001 edition of KET’s Mixed Media arts magazine, is a retrospective tribute to visual artist Marvin Finn (1918-2007). It features comments from the artist as well as then-mayor David Armstrong on “Flock of Finns,” a collection of fanciful sculpted birds placed in public spaces around Louisville.

Marvin Finn is best known for his colorful and imaginative hand-carved wood sculptures of animals and machinery, which invoke associations with African art, as well as his lifetime dedication both to craft and to community. In 2006, the Louisville native received the Folk Heritage Award for his contributions to promoting and perpetuating Kentucky’s unique artistic traditions.

For the Flock of Finns public art project, he created 28 steel sculptures, each three to six feet high, for placement at various sites around Louisville. His work can also be seen at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, which Finn helped support and promote from its inception in 1985.

Program 119
An interview with singer/songwriter and Indiana native John Mellencamp, a Flock of Finns retrospective, the Geek Squad, and Diane McGraw of the Greater Louisville Sports Commission. (#119)