These 6 feathers are pernamently installed at the Mystic Valley Sculpture Park which is a collaborative art project that I share with my creative and life partner Kyle Cunniff. Our property is 40 acres and is located in the San Luis Valley near the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado. If you would like to see this installation in person as well as our other sculptures, you can do so by booking via AirBnB - we welcome occasional guests https://www.airbnb.com/users/
|Photo taken in August 2021. These are my sons, Ethan 3 and Wesley 1. They love inspecting the feathers, one by one.|
The feathers reach upto 10 feet in heights and are completely handmade with steal, insuation foam, mesh and exterior foam coat from https://hotwirefoamfactory.com/ Both sides of the sculptures are covered with a matching mosaic I created using stained glass and ceramic tiles that were all created by me in the studio.
As far as the story behind them, here is what inspired my installation: Going back to childhood, many people may recall the excitement of finding a feather on the ground. It was a magical moment and it seemed that the feather was a gift from above. People may not realize but various cultures around the world also believed that feathers had a connection to the heavens. Some believed that they carried messages from the gods. Stumbling upon a feather is believed to be a good omen, a sign that you are on the right path. It is a message to soar above where you are spiritually and to look at the world from a higher perspective.
These mosaic feathers were created with that in-mind, to be a good omen for the guests at my sculpture park. This installation aims to be an uplifting landmark and to delight to anyone who walks along our sculpture trail. With this installation I strived to provide a sensory experience of whimsical patterns, a warm welcoming color palette and a spiritual connection to its location.
|Front of Feather #1. Both the sides are covered with a handmade ceramic tile mosaic.|
|Front of Feather #2. Both the sides are covered with a combination of a hand cut stained glass mosaic as well as a handmade ceramic tile mosaic.|
|Front of Feather #3. Both the sides are covered with a hand cut stained glass mosaic.|
|Front of Feather #4. Both the sides are covered with a handmade ceramic tile mosaic.|
|Front of Feather #5. Both the sides are covered with a combination of a hand cut stained glass mosaic as well as a handmade ceramic tile mosaic.|
|Front of Feather #6. Both the sides are covered with a hand cut stained glass mosaic.|