Artist leaves statewide legacy in stained glass

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When Ken Bird died Jan. 6, South Dakota lost a master of his craft.

While you might not know his name, odds are good you’ve seen his work.

It’s at the Sanford surgical tower, where two prairie-style patterns alternate in a long bank of windows designed from motifs in the windows of Frank Lloyd Wright…

Stained glass art was an unplanned career for Bird, who grew up in Elk Point and survived polio as a child before graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Augustana and a master’s degree in counseling from USD.

He taught high school English, counseled students and directed school theater productions in Revillo and Lake Andes before moving to Rapid City in 1979. That’s where the teacher became a student, taking a stained glass class that changed his life.

In 1981, he moved to Sioux Falls and started Dakota Stained Glass, which is still in operation…

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