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Several years ago, a hunter killed a moose for food, then brought the skull and antler rack out of the woods to a carver. And then owls happened:

Please note: this image belongs to Shane, whom I do not know personally.  This is only here to direct you to his work!

short-eared-parliament-760.jpg_1Go here to see the development of the “Short-eared Parliament“sculpture.

It’s a long scroll backwards to the beginning of this project, but it’s worth looking through, both for the slow and steady progress and for the cataloguing of artistic choices as the project moves forward.

And OWLS, of course.  Yay, owls!

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This week I had a conference to attend, so I got to spend some time in a city center I don’t normally get to visit on foot.  Even better, the weather was splendid and the afternoon light was hitting the scenery just right for clear photography.

The frieze on one building alternated these owls with what I had initially thought were slightly different owls, but I think they are really bat-like creatures… Although I’m not sure why the designers wouldn’t have also alternated the wing styles when they switched out the heads.  You end up with odd cat-bat-bird critters.  While they are fine cat-bat-bird critters, I decided my example here could do with a bit of distortion correction, since the frieze is up a goodly number of stories from the ground:

BatFrieze2Despite putting bird wings with the mammalian face, that’s somehow less strange than the change in the opposite direction:  the scale of the eyes on the bat-creatures is better than the scale of the eyes on the owls.  Look up there again: tiny little eyes on the owls!  It’s as if X the Owl got into Henrietta’s secret batch of special brownies, if you know what I mean…

The bats know for sure, but they aren’t telling.

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