Meet Crowvid19, Ottawa’s wandering scrap metal crow

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    Meet Crowvid19, Ottawa’s wandering scrap metal crow

    Spotted this fellow around Ottawa? Or on your social media feed? 

    It’s a sculpture of a crow its creator has dubbed Crowvid19.

    Dave Harries created it using spare car parts and old bathtubs salvaged from a couple of reno jobs. The bird’s beak is made from a rusted ploughshare, the pointy cutting edge of a plough. Its feet are made out of garage door springs connected to a piston.

    From its beak to the tip of its tail, Crowvid19 measures just over 2.5 metres and weighs 90 kilograms.

    Crowvid19 settles in to its new, albeit temporary, location on Burlington Cres., near Conroy Pit in Ottawa. (Submitted by Dave Harries/Facebook)

    Harries, whose tools included a plasma cutter and MIG welder, posted his creation as a work in progress on Facebook, and a covetous comment popped up. That’s when the idea to loan Crowvid19 out to people in exchange for a donation to the Ottawa Food Bank took flight.

    Now, the highest bid each week wins the crow’s temporary company. Interest in the bird is intense, according to Harries.

    “My phone won’t stop buzzing,” he told CBC’s Ottawa Morning. “It’s gotten kind of cuckoo.” 

    Harries, who’s also a licensed auto mechanic, landscaper and home renovator, had the idea of sculpting a crow well before the arrival of the novel coronavirus.

    “I just never had the time, and obviously right now we all have a lot more free time on our hands,” he said.

    Crowvid19 has even developed a social media presence.


    But getting the hefty bird…


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