Enrique J. “Henry” Oyhenart, 72, a Washington area entrepreneur who died March 13 2009 at his Fairfax Station home, was a bird lover.
His passion dated from a boyhood spent wandering the countryside of his native Uruguay, where he learned to identify curlews and yellow cardinals, black-and-white monjitas and saffron-cowled blackbirds, among nearly 400 species that populate his homeland.
His home was a veritable bird sanctuary, with dozens of feeders and houses enticing his beloved birds to stay awhile. During the last few months of his life, he embarked on a birdhouse construction project, crafting the houses in his garage and presenting them to his granddaughters to paint and individualize. He proudly displayed the birdhouse works of art, 30 to 40 in all, on trees throughout the property.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, four children, and 10 grandchildren.
From the ‘Monuments to the anonymous’ series.
Birdcage and Brass Leaf Assemblage.
W 35 x H 38 x D 16cm