Enduring Legacy

Posted on May 1st, 2013

Silent Spring: the Enduring Legacy

I’m working on an “indoor” nest for my Raku eagles’ eggs that were part of the big eagle’s nest installation and interactive teach-in I did for my “InterRelated” show at Chatham University last fall. The double size 8′ wide nest is still installed on the quad, and this smaller one will go in an upcoming show at the George Marshall Store Gallery in York, ME, opening June 8. “Silent Spring: the Enduring Legacy” is the title curator Mary Harding has given the show, and the quotes from Rachel Carson that are revealed inside my eggs are her “enduring legacy.” They have as much currency today as they did 50 years ago.

Here’s a sample:

But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is ultimately a war against himself.

I challenged myself to make the nest without any ties or glue or man made parts. Eagles have only branches to work with, claws and beaks, no hands. I could have used an extra beak.

The Raku eggs are black inside. I’m trying another version of the nest with black branches. It’s harsh, but maybe truer to the reality. I’ll have to see.

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