The winged monkeys are a product of 20th century American history.
As Baby Boomers, our parents were products of the Depression, the Great War and the Atomic Bomb.
Our generation was nurtured through an age of prosperity, with outrageous automobiles, the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System, rock and roll, television, (the first to be weaned on TV), fabulous schools and college for all (white).
History changed on the same day for everyone when John Kennedy was killed.
Soon after, innocent American men were snatched from the womb and drafted into an
unwarranted war. Vietnam was jungle terror beyond imagination, & an atrocity riddled national shame. It is clearly evident that the lesson’s of that conflict have yet to be learned. Many of us exercised our rights as Americans when we aggressively opposed the stupidity and greed that cost so many lives and destroyed our once healthy American culture. We said “Make Love, Not War” and our change in lifestyle was the solution. We did that and now It’s been a lifetime and we’ve triggered profound change.
Be proud.
Today’s exhibit reflects that message.
The photo’s and prints here, expose a volatile culture buried in history. Who blinked?
The flying monkeys are clearly love, not war, symbols of diversity and imagination.
But most of all, Burlington’s winged monkeys are real. They’re very, very real.
Look at them, and if you don’t believe me, ask a child.
Ask any child.
You’ll see it’s true.
Monkeys with wings keep us forever young.
Step forward.
It’s time.
Drink from the fountain.

This exhibit is dedicated to:

Loring M. Bailey Jr.
killed, serving his country, in
Quang Ngai, South Viet Nam,
on March 15, 1970 at the age of 24.