trophy life size vulture
Paper-layered wire skulls revisit San drawings of the hunt and are a witty reference to the mounted-head trophies of stiff-upper-lip, pith-helmet colonial times.
The vulture hunched over a kill or silhouetted against a lurid orange sunset, often the sinister symbol of famine or drought. But there, in a pale, almost ghostly form, its skin translucent paper, its bone galvanised steel wire, it is transformed into the benign. Stripped of detail and far removed from its association with carrion, this new creature makes only passing reference to its original shape. For the rest, it is now a comforting night-light, paper sculpture and a fine example of the way art can segue in Africa.
SOUTH can commission other (light) sculptures, from a flock of flying geese to life-size animals as zebra and even elephant. Michael can design almost anything with his huge creativity combined with a great feel for anatomy and dimensions. Please email for further examples of trophies and life size game.
material: papier mâché & galvanised steel wire
dimensions: ± 45 cm B x 85 cm H x 65 cm D