“Great Blue Heron Pair” honors long-time Museum supporter Mari Ann Banks in celebration of her 75th birthday on February 17, 2017. The sculpture was created by David H. Turner and gifted by Charles A. Banks the III. It is located in front of the waterfall path, in the Conservation Garden.
William H. Turner and David H. Turner, father and son, share a talent of capturing the beauty and motion of wildlife in bronze. Their native land, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a peninsula surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, is rich in wildlife and is a continuous source of inspiration for their work.
Established in 1983, Turner Sculpture, near Onley, VA serves as their studios, foundry and gallery, where most of their work is displayed. To date they have created more than 700 different limited edition bronzes and more than 100 large public commissions found throughout the United States , including several at the VLM.