'More Complex' Firebird Nearing Completion

Construction should be finished in two more weekends of work.

With the Firebird Festival fast approaching, progress on the eponymous bird has sped up in recent weeks.

According to the festival’s Facebook page, the Phoenix will likely be finished in two more weekends of work.

The reason, festival organizers wrote in a recent post, that the 2012 iteration of the Phoenix has taken longer to construct than past years' is that its design is more complex:

This bird is so much more complex than our previous years, so it is taking longer time to build ~ she is worth it ~ she looks good. The wings will be a third longer, and when feathered ~wow.

December 8 can’t come soon enough.

Clint Weiler October 18, 2012 at 01:12 PM
This looks absolutely amazing this year... Congrats to Henrik and the whole damn crew! There will be a limited edition bobblehead made of it as well... To be announced soon!
George Hughes October 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I drove past there several times and it dosent look like its anywhere near as big as last year .
Ed Roper October 18, 2012 at 02:52 PM
. October 18, 2012 at 03:22 PM
No disrespect but I don't get why people would spend all this time building a more "complex" structure when the end result is burning it to the ground. I dig the Firebird Festival but never understood why they would take so much time building what amounts to giant bonfire. Hey what ever floats your boat I guess....
Abby October 18, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Why bother to build a life when you're just going to die? I love the new design
. October 18, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Abby, congrats on making the worst analogy EVER! Comparing why people want to live to spending months building something you plan on burning down right after it is finished is moronic! Thanks for representing the "dope" opinion on the Patch.
Ed Roper October 18, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Richard, must you always be so disrespectful?
. October 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Sorry Ed, I was NOT being "disrespectful", I asked a legit question and got a smart a$$ answer which I responded to in kind. If she would have given me a respectful answer, I would have given a respectful reply.
Ed Roper October 18, 2012 at 04:45 PM
It was a poor analogy, didn't really think it was smartassed. Regardless, I'll try to explain. They build a complex bird because they love to do it. It's art. Not all art is meant to be permanent. It's not much different from people who create those really complex expensive cakes you may see from time to time. Why do that if its just going to get eaten? There is something inherently beautiful about making something that will only exist for a short time before being destroyed. Much like the legend of the phoenix....
. October 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Ed - Now that was the kind of answer I was looking for.....
Barry Cassidy October 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Last year they built it on a hill so it appeared bigger. this year's bird looks about the same as last year's...+ - 20 feet.
Cliff Story October 19, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Call me a dope, too, if you like, but I kinda liked Abby's question. Why do we create art, or anything else, when we know it won't last? Just for the fun of it is a pretty good reason. I like the Firebird, I like the murals, and I think people who do creative things are to be treasured, even if their creations sometimes mystify me.
Barry Cassidy October 19, 2012 at 01:15 PM
I believe it is the actualization of the story of the Phoenix Bird...akin to the Bird Phoenixville has had a resurrection. I believe that the bird is burned every year in celebration of resurrection (town, person...whatever you want it to be) and a new beginning. I believe that the people doing this work are dedicated and should be able to build it as complex as they wish. It is their volunteer time. There really should be no questions concerning the validity of their effort.
. October 19, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Barry, no one questioned the "validity of their effort". Stick to telling people what you had for lunch on your blog and posting under four different names to stroke yourself. And put on some shoes next time you come to a government meeting. The flip flops are getting old. Thanks.
Clint Weiler October 19, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Abby October 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Ignore Richard, his mother grounded him and he wants someone to fight with, And Barry, I like the flip flops.
Barry Cassidy October 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Why people who have posts consisting of personal insults are allowed to post on the patch is beyond me. Logic that is laughable should be kept to the inane scwalings of a personal journal
Ike December 14, 2012 at 01:21 AM
?@ U
Barry Cassidy December 14, 2012 at 01:59 AM
not sure


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