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WAXWING original metal wall sculpture


WAXWING original metal wall sculpture

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A wall sculpture of a cedar waxwing in a nest memorialized in hand-cut salvaged metal, on a painted wood backing. Finished with contemporary wood frame with antique gold metallic finish.

  • Title: Waxwing (Metal)
  • Medium: salvaged metal on wood
  • Size: 42.25" H x 42.25" W x 2.25" D
  • Hardware: ready to hang with wire on back
  • Frame: layered antique gold metallic frame
  • Part of a limited series each produced with a unique set of rescued materials

The Process

Using a variety of rescued and repurposed materials - from scrap car doors to vintage tin cans, to TV trays and old signs - I hand-cut and place each individual piece of metal, layering color and texture on color and texture until the perfect image emerges. Mounted on a circular background treated with antique sheet music and a wash of white paint and finished in a frame found housing a mirror in a tiny thrift shop in a tiny mountain town.

The Story

I am a bird nerd. I hold this title proudly. I love the opportunity to create a piece to showcase these majestic and hardworking creatures, especially if I can make it oversized.

This work is a celebration of the Cedar Waxwing, a truly dazzling bird – in song, in flight, in tenacity – perched atop its nest of found objects and hand-cut metal. Cedar Waxwings can make thousands of visits to a nest when building it, flying one piece of material back at a time, conscientiously tucking each snip and strand into a perfectly-formed bowl. I felt a little like a Cedar Waxwing when constructing this piece: each time I laid a piece of metal, or snuggled a found 2D item into the branches, I was already onto thinking about the next piece. Where in the shop had I stashed it? What did I need to add next to keep the structure and shape and composition correct? Back and forth and back and forth to my bins of salvaged scrap. Snip snip. Tuck tuck. A nest for this hardworking little creature took shape.

I hope your experience of this work is as joyful as mine, and that it helps bring out your inner bird nerd, too.