Bird In Hand

Cor-Ten Steel with painted steel Cardinals or Crows
9′ 7″ H x 4′ 10″ W x 5″ D


Most people associate the open palm gesture seen here with good feelings and happiness. Anyone who has dealt with me knows that High Fives are pretty commonly given out for praise or excitement here at Dale Rogers Studios, they are definitely an ingrained part of my overall philosophy and outlook on both life and work. C’mon, who doesn’t love a High Five?

I have combined this with another favorite recurring and popular theme in my work; birds. This piece is yet another in the evolution of the crows/ravens in my work. It is the next in line after 3 Crows in a Tree. This sculpture can also be done with cardinals instead of the ravens/crows. This came about at the request of a client who had one of my Retro Trees and really liked the miniature cardinal featured on that. He asked if I could scale a cardinal to work with this piece. It was a great suggestion and once again, I am drawn to the “pop” that the color red brings into my sculptures. The inclusion of the red cardinals gives a very different feel to this piece than the ravens/crows do. I think they both work well and I am happy to be able to offer some flexibility in choice so that the sculpture will reflect the desired mood of the potential client.

In addition to being a sister piece to the crow pieces, it has a commonality to another piece that is also brand new for 2012, Think and Be Free. From a visual and imagery point of view, these two pieces don’t seem to have much in common. Think and Be Free has on overall more sophisticated and contemporary feel, while Bird in Hand is more whimsical and light hearted, but they are the first two pieces I have done that feature a line drawing within a 3-D work. There is a fabricated tube design element in both of them that
creates an effect of a portrait within the sculptural work. The hand from this sculpture and the head from Think and Be Free are both done in a manner which lends a 2-D dimension to the work. Once again, it is a seemingly simple idea that adds an additional layer to my
artwork and I am very happy with the overall results of it.

Refer to page 18 in the Dale Rogers Studio Collection Booklet.

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