Aphanapteryx

Description

stainless steel
completed 2011
kinetic; typical dimensions 32"H x 25"W x 8"D

Sharpened stainless steel talons allow the piece to be mounted on a branch, beam, or post. The piece is jointed to allow for various poses. The head is mounted on ball bearings and balanced so that it turns freely regardless of the orientation of the piece.

Aphanapteryx was a genus of flightless rails, now extinct. These birds were much like dodos, only not as good tasting. After people finished eating the dodos they ate up the aphanapteryxes.

Featured in a group show in the Pratt Gallery, January 2012.

For

private commission, Shoreline, WA

Type

kinetic sculpture, outdoor