A trained sculptor, Featherstone created the kitsch-culture bird in 1957 while working for Union Products plastics company. He eventually became president of the firm before retiring in 1999 - seven years before Union went out of business, and had to be rescued by bosses at Cado Products Inc.

Featherstone was honoured by Disney bosses in the 2011 film Gnomeo and Juliet - they named a pink flamingo after him.

The artist died in Massachusetts on Monday (22Jun15) after a battle with Lewy body dementia.