Some creatures are downright ugly, such as a slug or manatee. Others are stunningly beautiful like the male Wood Duck and China Pheasant. The colors and patterns of feathers are marvelous beyond what I could describe - way to go, God!

Without a good bird dog you would be hard pressed to sneak up on a wild one. The ringnecked pheasant has flowing tail feathers nearly two feet long. They can hide in the grass undetected while you pass by. Upland game birds burst into flight once a predator gets too close for comfort in what seems more like an explosion than an avian takeoff. A horse can literally jump out from under a loosely mounted rider when taken by surprise at close quarters.

I’ve chosen a cultivating disk for a base, as these grain eaters love to frequent cultivated fields. I cut the disk into an upward spiral to demonstrate the nearly vertical ascent these powerful fliers are known for. They are designed for short bursts of fast flight.

This sculpture is slightly kinetic with the movement afforded by the base design.  It also has a fully functional flour sifter in his gut. One of my dad’s old Case jack knives found its way into the right wing. His head is fashioned from a bicycle seat clamp with round brass nuts for eyes. In his breast is a gravy boat. The feet along with the neck feathers are serving forks and the secondary wing feathers are spoons. The tail is fashioned from various saws and scythes.

One leg/foot fork says China while the other says Korea – and the spoons say Japan.
It is pretty clear this critter may not be pedigreed but I’m pretty sure it is an Asian bird!!!


INVENTORY of  “ROYAL  FLUSH” (steel pheasant) • 2012

Conveyor chain
Garden hand spade
Jack knives & wrenches
Gravy boat
Serving forks
Pitch fork tines
Pitch fork handles
Saws & scythes
Welding ground clamp
Bicycle seat clamp
Brass porch light nuts
Cultivating disk plow
Aerator tines
Flour sifter

Wing bones
Chest feathers & feet
Pelvis & thighs
Secondary wing feathers
Tail feathers
Leading edge of wings
Primary wing feathers

Commissioned Installation

31” H x 27” L x 30” D

38” nose to tail • 17 lbs.

Tualatin, Oregon

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