found object (bird’s nest) and sterling silver.
We are surely at conflict within our souls from the moment we know we must leave the nest.
From the times of ancient Greek myths and legends such as Pegasus and Icarus, to present day flight technologies, man has always perceived of flight and strived to find ways to do so.
The nest evokes refuge and nurturing.
Flight evokes freedom and elevation, but also challenge and the unknown.
In this piece a found bird’s nest is contrasted with a fabricated silver ladder, which represents human endeavour to become elevated, and to step forward.
Both the ladder and the nest are constructed forms, yet the ladder represents human tendency towards order in the objects it designs and constructs. The rungs represent the steps we take in our aspiration to take flight, both physically and spiritually.
Leaving the Nest. Work-in-progress photos, 2010.
Artist: Anthony Thomas O’Connor
Materials: Found bird’s nest (90x60x40mm), sterling silver ladder (160x20mm), sterling silver miniatures (various sizes, approx 25x15mm), display plinth (220x160x90mm).