The magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen) native to Australia and southern New Guinea has been recorded living to the age of 21 years. It is an accomplished songbird, boasting an array of complex vocalizations. They can mimic over 35 species of birds, dogs, horses, human speech, and environmental sounds like emergency vehicles. My inspiration comes from constant observation of the wonderful bird life that surrounds us, many of which have adapted to urbanization. There is something so appealing to me about objects that no longer have a use but hold so much history. A 1952 Austin truck was the perfect choice for ‘The Landing Party’.