Dead Parrot Sculpture in Greenwich


In the garden of Devonport House hotel in Greenwich (next door to the National Maritime Museum) there is a sculpture that most people miss. It is on the corner of Romney Road and King William Walk and is on the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. Look inside the railings and there it is, in a quiet corner of the garden.

On top of a white plinth is John Reardon’s Monument to a Dead Parrot which was installed in 2009.

I understand it is made of bronze and is a scaled up replica of a child’s plastic toy.

In case you don’t know the reference, this artwork is named after the Monty Python Dead Parrot sketch:

“This parrot is no more! It has ceased to be! It has expired and ceased to be. It has gone to meet his maker! This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed him to the perch he’d be pushing up the daisies! It’s run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot.”

According to the article in

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