Peeps Big Bird sculpture travels to a new nest

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A sculpture of Sesame Street’s iconic Big Bird was designed with nearly 4,000 Peeps, a candy made by Bethlehem manufacturer Just Born Inc.
A sculpture of Sesame Street’s iconic Big Bird was designed with nearly 4,000 Peeps, a candy made by Bethlehem manufacturer Just Born Inc. - (Photo By Christopher Holland)

Made of nearly 4,000 marshmallow peeps from Bethlehem’s Just Born Inc., a sculpture of Big Bird made his migration before the winter months settle in.

Moved from its original home at Just Born on Stefko Boulevard, the Big Bird sculpture was transported to its new residence Monday afternoon at PBS39 Public Media and Education Center at the Bethlehem SteelStacks.

Transported by Just Born's landscaper, American Land Care, Big Bird paraded down Stefko Boulevard on a landscaping trailer and was accompanied by the Peeps mascot and Peepsmobile. Ensuring a safe trip, Bethlehem police mounted patrol horses and officers flanked Big Bird for the two-mile journey.

The sculpture was created as part of the annual Carroll Arts Center annual PeepShow in Westminster, Md., a contest created specifically to showcase masterpieces made from the marshmallow candy. Big Bird was one of the winning works at the event and was created by Maryland state trooper Robert Mondor and his family.

Following the contest, Big Bird was transported to Just Born, where it has been since April. The sculpture now will be a tourist attraction at PBS39 and also a big part of PeepsFest, Dec. 30-31 at SteelStacks.

Just Born Inc. is a privately-owned company founded in 1923 and headquartered in Bethlehem.

PBS39 is a community-owned public television station serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey.

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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