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The Heron Pheonix by ART-fromthe-HEART The Heron Pheonix by ART-fromthe-HEART
Gone but not forgotten. Slain, but will rise again.

This Great Blue Heron Phoenix sculpture was inspired by a true story of heartbreak. On my parent's 130 nature preserve, while riding the trails to check for anything amiss, they saw a large flopping thing in the large field. They approached it to find a great blue heron, unable to fly. We knew this heron. He'd been visiting our pond for over 6 years. I have photos of him gracefully standing in shallow water and flying over my head on great grey wings. Upon close inspection, the heron's leg was severed from what appeared to be a gunshot. In our backwoods area, it's common that idiot rednecks shoot at buzzards and high flying birds (despite it being illegal, all birds are protected.) We were mortified. My mother carefully cradled the bird in her arms. It was too tired to even struggle. We put it in a carrier and watched it overnight, since the wildlife rehab center had closed and wouldn't open until the next morning... but it died during the night. The loss angered and saddened me for weeks. There's nothing we could do to track who shot him. That was it, the majestic bird was gone.

In my grief I made this sculpture to honor the great blue heron. He will rise again in memory and through art. Rest in peace.

This sculpture is made of 6 gourds, wire, and clay. He stands 17" tall and is available in my online shop >>>
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Sinister-Sweet Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016   General Artist
Like Escaron said, the feathers are great. Such a sad backstory to this though. People can be such assholes, un-empathetic to life around them. If you want to play with moving targets, get a paint gun and run around in the woods like the rest of us.
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Exactly. I like to hope that mother nature (and karma) will get the shooter back big time. That makes me feel better at least. :stare:
Sinister-Sweet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016   General Artist
Maybe birds can poop on them everyday. Sounds like a survive-able plague. :XD:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe my kind of punishment! ;)
Escaron Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just to amazing for words!!! All those details! And the colors! Just wooooooooooooooow!!!!!!! And he is so big too! Must have taken forever!!!!! Im blown away!!!!!!! SUPERMEGAAWESOMEWORK!!!!
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:la: THANK YOUUUUU! :love:
I loved doing all those feathers. You know a thing or two about going detail crazy with those. ;) LOL. I think it took around 30 hours overall, which isn't that long considering!
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Submitted on
November 8, 2016
Image Size
3.8 MB


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Camera Data

Canon PowerShot Pro1
Shutter Speed
1/5 second
Focal Length
7 mm
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
Sensor Size