Tom Hill originally hails from London, but now lives and works in San Francisco, where he will debut new birds in his upcoming solo exhibition at Velvet da Vinci gallery.
For this new series, simply titled “Birds, Tom wanted to experiment with the way he typically uses wire material, giving his birds a more lightness and “featheriness”, as he describes it, in spite of the sturdiness of the materials.
“The challenge of making a piece balance both physically and aesthetically, the suggestion of strength and lightness; always the feeling that the bird may be just about to take flight and disappear from view.”
Tom Hill’s “Birds” will be on view at Velvet da Vinci gallery San Francisco from January 22nd through February 28th, 2016.
Hidden deep inside the Indonesian jungle lies an enchanted ‘church’ which looks like a giant chicken.
The long-abandoned structure known locally as Gereja Ayam – or Chicken Church – attracts hundreds of curious travelers and photographers to the hills of Magelang, Central Java, every year.
But according to the its eccentric creator, the majestic building is neither a chicken nor a church.
Daniel Alamsjah was working in Jakarta – 342 miles away – when he suddenly got a divine message from God to build a ‘prayer house’ in the form of a dove.
‘Perhaps because of my Christian faith, people thought I was building a church. But it’s not a church. I was building a prayer house… a place for people who believe in God,’ the 67-year-old told Jakarta Globe.
In 1989, he was walking through the Magelang, where his wife’s family live, when he caught sight of the exact same landscape he had seen in his dreams.
‘I prayed all night there and I got a revelation that I must build the prayer house in that spot,’ he said.
One year later, local land owners offered him the 3,000 square metres of land on Rhema Hill for just two million rupees – or £110 – which he paid off over four years.
Now people of many different religions – including Buddhists, Muslims and Christians – travel to the remote ‘prayer house’ to worship in their own way.
Zack Mclauglin is an artist based in London who has had a lifelong fascination with the natural world. He has explored different kinds of 3D model making including theses realistic birds made from wood and cut paper leaves.
You can see more of Zack’s work in his shop Paper&Wood.
London-based artist Zack Mclaughlin constructs uncannily realistic birds made from wood and cut paper leaves. A lifelong fascination with the natural world lead Mclaughlin to explore different kinds of 3d model making, first starting with wire and then moving into the more realistic sculptures you see here. You can see more of his recent work on DeviantArt and in his shop. (via Lustik)
Lucy Large graduated from Camberwell College or Art in South London, UK in 2001.
Her sculptures of birds are made from fine aluminium mesh finished with enamel spray-paint and housed in glass-fronted boxes. Lucy’s work considers the relationship between the three dimensional object and the picture frame, exploring the theatre and potential for storytelling provided by a sculpture in a box.
Jennifer Miller, based in Western, New York, is a woman of many talents. She has been sharing her fantasy artwork online since 1997 under the pen name Nambroth and is currently working on wildlife artworks, jewelry, masks and sculpture. She has just had an acrylic painting of Ruddy Ducks chosen for the 2015 Federal Duck Stamp.
The series of adorable birds below which Jennifer calls Cute Critters are soft sculptures designed to make people smile.
Jennifer loves exploring the natural world and enjoys learning about both flora and fauna. She says, “I am a greatly enthusiastic about birds, and am owned by five parrots and a flock of chickens, which I adore.”
You can see more of Jennifer’s artwork over on her website.
These realistic miniature figures of birds were made by Anya Stone, an artist and sculptor based in Stockport, UK.
Anya makes 1:12th scale, mixed media sculptures using polymer clay and various other materials to re-create detailed sculptures of wildlife and other subjects. Her miniature birds incorporate real feathers to add to their realistic nature.
Anya has over 15 years’ experience in fine art and design and began specialising in miniatures in 2005. As well as writing tutorials, Anya teaches workshops on miniature sculpting.
Designer Ruth Jensen based in St Paul, Minnesota, uses wire to create these cute 3-D sculptures of birds.
Ruth doesn’t use moulds or patterns so each bird is unique. She cuts individual lengths of wire, twists them together with her hands and keeps twisting and adding wires until the bird is finished. The process is lengthy and even a small bird can take many hours. To ensure her birds are recognisable, Ruth references photos and bird books. Check out a short film to see the process here.
You can see more of Ruth’s creations over on her Flickr set and her wire sculptures are available for purchase in her Etsy shop Sparkflight.
These birds made from shattered CDs were made by Sean E Avery, an artist and writer-illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. The birds change colour depending on the lighting and the angle they are viewed from.
Sean says, “I use kitchen scissors to cut the shapes I need out of the CDs, then arrange each shard by colour and size. I then hot glue those shards one-by-one to a wire mesh frame to create a natural feather pattern. They usually take a week to make, maybe longer depending on how motivated I am to get them done!”
A new work from Claire Brewster who describes herself as capturing the essence of nature in everyday materials.
‘Hybirds’ are made from acid etched brass. Claire turns one of her drawings into a digital piece which she then sends to a company that sends her back a lovely brass bird.
Claire has transformed 2 birds into a new breed of bird, hence the title of the work, a play of the word ‘hybrid’. The 3 birds are a Sparrow Hawk, which is the head and body of a sparrow and the wings and tale of a hawk a Pigeon Hawk which is a pigeon with the wings of a hawk and a Humming crow which is a crow with the head of a ruby throated humming bird.
Find out more about the acid etching process here.
Anna Keville Joyce, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was inspired to create these unbelievably detailed birds after a relationship ended, and she lost her pet bird named Budgie in the process.
A Tribute to Budgie, the resulting series that was shot by photographer Agustín Nieto, features a flamingo drawn from rice and crushed Fruit Loops, a woodpecker made of coffee beans and seeds and a budgie with carrots and potato skins for feathers.
These colourful birds are made by self-taught artist Aimee Baldwin from crepe paper, wire and Styrofoam. In what she calls Vegan Taxidermy these sculptures allow her simultaneously study details of the natural world and people’s relationship with both nature and human-made objects.
Each bird is made of individually hand-made parts: bent wire legs, painted hand-cut paper feathers, formed beaks. No moulds are used, so no two birds are ever the same.
A team of international sand sculptors have brought characters from classic Penguin Books to life on the Frankston Waterfront in Victoria, Australia.
3,5000 tons of sand were used to build the spectacular characters from books including Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Charlotte’s Web and Angry Birds (Penguin is the publisher of the Angry Birds books in case you were wondering) in the event called Story Land.
Czech Republic-based sand artist Jakub Zimacek built this massive tribute to the characters made popular by the Apple iOS game.
Through the ages people have made beautiful things for themselves and others by using materials from their nearby environment. Birds are known to do the same, especially when seeking to attract a mate.
New Zealand artist Karley Feaver has taken this adornment to a bizarre level decorating stuffed birds with human hair, precious metals, feathers and wood.
She says, “For some, hair has no fixed meaning but for others it has powerful meanings and can retain the aura and energy of its owner. It also has great social significance, as does a bird’s plume or an animal’s coat. It is an indication of status and an artefact of the soul”.
What started out as a set of sketches of birds inspired by children’s books became a collaboration project between Piotr Buczkowski, the knitting artists who brought the concept to life and a fellow photographer responsible for the photo shoot.
Piotr created a series of fictional publications featuring a number of birds including a cardinal, hoopoe and kingfisher and said, “This project was a great opportunity for me to experiment with book design and layout, custom-made typography and 3D objects. Who knows maybe one day the book series will come to life too …”
Australian artist Linton Meagher has crafted these semi-sculptural game birds from hundreds of shotgun cartridges cast in resin and perspex.
Linton’s work explores the ways that various mass-produced objects can be taken out of their usual context and presented in ways that challenge the viewer to question their wider meaning in society.
Of the game bird sculptures Linton said, “The viewer is initially seduced by the beauty of the works, however it’s hard to look past the act of death implied by all the empty cartridges. They force the viewer to ponder the economics of the endless pursuit of thrills and beauty.”
This extraordinary sculpture of an eagle has been hidden underneath a street in London for 1,000 years since the Romans ruled Britain.
The carvings on the 26in high eagle were so well preserved that when it was initially discovered archaeologists thought it may be a much later copy rather than a genuine Roman relic.
However, experts at the Museum of London Archaeology confirmed that the sculpture dates from the 1st of 2nd century AD and is one of only two statues of its type known to exist. The other was found in Jordan in 1937.
Barbara Franc has always been fascinated by the shapes and sculptural forms of animals and tries to capture a feeling of movement and presence in her sculpture.
These British birds are made from recycled materials. She said, “I use wire and other materials in a way that suggests drawing in three dimensions. This allows me greater freedom to add changes whenever I want during the construction to keep the feeling fluid and to reflect the diversity of movement and form.”
Thomas Poulsom has created a series of bird sculptures from LEGO including British birds, tropical birds and North American birds.
If Thomas gets 10,000 supporters there is a chance they could be made available as official LEGO sets. You can vote for Thomas’s project here and you can see all of Thomas’s LEGO creations in his Flickr albums.
Jim Mullan is a self-taught artist who grew up in Southern California with an enthusiasm for nature and history. In 2006 he decided to go through his boxes of old and damaged birds and have some fun. He combined his love of mixed media with his vast collection of found objects and a new 3-D art form was born.
And so began the collection of steampunk birds by Mullanium.
Unusual relics such as croquet balls, binoculars and old toys give each inspiring bird their own personality. The sculptures give life to the once forgotten pieces of yesterday.
Laurel Roth makes beautiful sculptures of peacocks using fake fingernails, barrettes, nail polish, false eyelashes, and jewelry to represent the choices involved in biological processes that are unique to humankind.
The peacocks borrow human mating plumage, anthropomorphically showcasing our adaptations and natural orders as their own.