91 posts tagged Birds
91 posts tagged Birds
Sadie Campbell is an English sculptor from Dereham, Norfolk who creates awesomely adorable miniature animal sculptures, some of which aren’t much larger than a single grain of rice. That is some seriously wee art.
Using a mixture of clay and Plasticine and tools such as tweezers and a magnifying glass, Sadie has been creating her itty-bitty creatures for the past 19 years. It takes her up to two weeks (And lots of patience) to carefully mould each figure. Each piece is so small and detailed that she has to hold her breath to keep her hands steady during crucial moulding and decorating stages.
Ms Campbell said: ‘One of the hardest parts of my job is trying not to sneeze because if you sneeze everything is just gone. The material you are working with is so delicate. I did some tiny spiders once and I had a stray thread on my jumper which managed to brush them all over the floor.
Visit Dailymail.co.uk to view more examples of Sadie Campbell’s cute creatures.
It’s not a dog. It’s not a bird. It’s a Dird!
Welcome back to the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids. Eat Liver assembled an entertaining collection of skillfully photoshopped images that place bird heads onto dog bodies and sometimes the other way round. The combination works surprisingly well.
Head over to Eat Liver to view more Dirds.
[via Laughing Squid]
The Inca Tern is another awesome animal that grows its own enviable mustache. These dapper birds are found along the rocky coasts of Peru and Chile. We were delighted to learn that both male and female birds sport the same curling white feather mustache, because girls like stylish mustaches too.
Each of these photos was taken by a different photographer. Visit My Modern Metropolis for complete credits and even more photos of the debonair Inca Tern.
Olympia, Washington-based artist Chris Maynard freely admits that he’s obsessed with feathers. Using the feathers shed by his own Impeyan Pheasants as well as feathers collected from aviaries and donated by zoos and fellow bird-lovers, Chris creates amazing shadowboxes depicting the very species of birds from which the feathers originated. For such small, precise, and delicate work, Chris uses eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses.
Maynard explains why he does this in a blog post titled “Making Meaning”:
Feathers are perfect by themselves so why make art with them? I do it to add meaning: to direct the viewer to ideas they can relate to. Giving meaning abstracts from the thing viewed. The meaning is not the actual object seen. It involves assumptions which can be wrong. Here’s an example: These sharp-tailed grouse feathers are not grown by the bird to be images of big-breasted love demons, nor deer prints, nor heart-lipped faces. They just add to the bird’s camouflage helping it hide. I like to remember that the viewer’s mind gives meaning, not the thing viewed. The things themselves are just innocent participants of the mind’s workings. Whether it is the color of someone’s skin, the way people dress, or how we see a feather, seeking meaning helps make sense of the world. It is a very human quality.
Do you have any idea how awesome chickens are? Sure, lots of us find them and/or their eggs delicious, but there’s even more to these birds than that. For one thing, as this strangely hypnotic video demonstrates (set to the grooving tune of “Upside Down” by Diana Ross), chickens possess an extraordinary ability to keep their heads stable, no matter what their bodies might be up to:
"Chickens – like most birds – lack the eye-control necessary to keep their gaze fixed on a stationary object while the rest of their body is moving. In humans, these compensatory adjustments are handled by the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), an involuntary eye-movement that (and I’m simplifying here***) keeps your vision stabilized when you move your head. Lacking the oculomotor control that we humans possess, chickens have evolved to offload these compensatory adjustments to the muscles of the head and neck, instead.”
Visit io9 for further demonstrations of this fascinating avian ability.
There are lots of different mimics in the animal world and the bird in this video is a particularly awesome example. This is Chook, a male Superb Lyrebird at the The Adelaide Zoo in South Australia who has a very impressive repertoire of unusual sounds. Lyrebirds are well known as skilled imitators:
"In addition to faithfully copying the calls of other birds, including the complex & ostentatious sounds made by its neighbor the Kookaburra, Lyrebirds also replicate other sounds they hear in their environment such as constructions noises and the click of a camera shutter.”
In this video we get to listen to Chook showing off some of the tool and machine sounds he picked up while the zoo was having construction work done. According to zoo staff, in addition to lots of different bird calls, he can faithfully imitate the following sounds:
3. Jack hammer
4. Lawn mower hitting sticks
5. Leaf blower starting
6. Power drill
7. Wood saw
8. Human voices
9. Two-way radio
Visit Laughing Squid to learn more about Lyrebirds and their amazing aptitude for mimicry.
Brooklyn-based 3D illustrator José Suris IV (previously featured here) creates exquisitely detailed sculptures using wire, paper clay, and cut paper. His most recent work is a stunning series of hummingbirds: the Wire-Crested Thorntail, the Fiery Topaz Hummingbird, and the Allen’s Hummingbird.
These incredibly delicate and detailed sculptures are the work of Edinburgh-based artist Polly Verity, who creates them using wire and paper.
Most of her subjects are animals or mythological creatures and the size of her sculptures range from palm to life-sized. The wire for the sculptures is built up into a 3D frame and this becomes the contour and outline of the creature. The wires are joined together through wrapping and pinching; no heat is applied to forge the wire. She then applies wet fine paper that she first sizes with glue onto the structure. The paper dries and tightens up while formed on the frame. Her creations are usually kept encased in a glass dome or box for protection and display.
[via Beautiful Decay]