Scrap metal crow takes a last tour before landing at permanent home

In May, a scrap metal crow the size of an ATV known as Crowvid19 began popping up across neighbourhoods in Ottawa. Since then, the sculpture has raised nearly $13,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank.

After more than 4 months, Crowvid19 raised close to $13K for the Ottawa Food Bank

After five months of making appearances in neighbourhoods across Ottawa, the bird metal bird dubbed Crowvid19 has helped raise almost $13,000 for the Ottawa Food Bank. (Crowvid19/Twitter)

In May, a scrap metal crow the size of an ATV known as Crowvid19 began popping up across neighbourhoods in Ottawa. 

The idea to allow people to bid on an opportunity to host the 2.5-metre, 90-kilogram bird for charity came from its creator, Dave Harries.

Now, 19 weeks later, Harries said the metal crow has raised $12,735 for the Ottawa Food Bank. Harries, a licensed auto mechanic, landscaper and home renovator, built the crow using spare car parts and bits of old bathtubs salvaged from a couple of reno jobs.

"It's kind of taken on a life of its own," Harries told CBC's Ottawa Morning Tuesday. "He brings a lot of smiles to the community."

Harries said the largest bid he received for the crow was from the New Edinburgh Community and Arts Centre (NECTAR), which donated a total of $1,330 to the food bank, winning the crow's company for a week.

Crowvid19, as it's called, is a 90 kg sculpture that is made from salvaged bathtubs and scrap metal. (Dave Harries/Facebook)

Now that Crowvid19 has flown across the Ottawa region, including stints in Manotick, Orléans, Kanata and Centretown, Harries plans to wind it down. 

"I never really created him to be anything more than a beautiful piece of art, it was just nice to be able to share him…and use it as a platform to help others as well," Harries said.

The last round of auctions to bid for Crowvid19 is next week, from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29. Then, Crowvid19 will be moved to its permanent home on the patio of Petit Bill's Bistro's, an Ottawa restaurant on Wellington Street, according to Harries.

About the Author

Sara Jabakhanji

Digital Journalist

Sara Jabakhanji is a Toronto-based digital reporter with the CBC and graduate of Ryerson's School of Journalism. Sara has chased stories for CBC News across the province in Toronto, Ottawa and London. You can reach her at:

With files from CBC's Ottawa Morning

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.