Carroll Todd: Terrace, Bird Space, Terrace Tree

Published On 07/11/2011


Location: Dunlap Street Terrace

"Bird and Nest"

Location: Dunlap Street Terrace
Underwriting Cost: $30,000


Location: Dunlap Street Terrace
Underwriting Cost: $15,000

Memphian Carroll Todd’s sculpture, “Bird Space,” for the southwest terrace of the new Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital was inspired by the pop-up books his twin daughters loved to read at bedtime.

“I wanted to create a children’s pop-up book that would transport sick children and their families into a pop-up book landscape,” said Todd.

Like a pop-up book, “Bird Space” has multiple layers of discovery.

Todd used steel to sculpt a tall tree with twisting, whimsical vines and colorful leaves. Nesting inside the tree is a large mother bird that sits on brightly painted eggs. When the wind blows, the leaves move, revealing fruit.

“The sculpture is calming and inviting for those who seek hospital services,” said Todd.

For him, Le Bonheur’s services hit close to home. Three years ago, a family friend’s 15-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. Now healthy, he plans to attend college in the fall.

“Le Bonheur was there for him, his family, and all of us—his friends,” said Todd. “The hospital’s physicians and staff went the extra mile each day for him. From now on, my sculpture will welcome those families who come seeking help at Le Bonheur.”

Todd grew up in Memphis less than a mile from Le Bonheur. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memphis College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cornell University. After graduating from Cornell in 1980, Todd lived in New York City for 15 years, where his work was exhibited regularly at Schmidt Bingham Gallery. Since returning to his hometown, Todd’s works are on display at David Lusk Gallery and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

If you would like to inquire about underwriting this or any of the other pieces in the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Art Collection, please call the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Foundation at 901-287-6308.