St. Paul’s Chapel at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan was built in 1766, when Mozart was ten. (George Washington, whose box is still there, was a Mason; he stopped attending services in the significant year 1791.) The chapel displays documents about 18th-century New York, among them a little sketch of the first synagogue (1729), which is the inspiration for Papageno’s cottage. Beyond the panpipe fence posts, birdhouses are set in trees whose leaves are replaced with feathers.
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Papageno's Nest
23x26x18", 1998