Bird King

Bird King

Private collection

Welded steel. Life scale. 2008

 

This life-size sculpture contains the anatomical accuracy of a full grown male ostrich and embodies the soul of these magnificent creatures.

The ostrich has evolved into a huge flightless bird but in doing so has become perfectly adapted to high-speed running making it the fastest creature on two legs. At speeds of up to 44 mph, it can easily outstrip most enemies. Powerful legs, flexible knees and it's strange two-toed feet are its unique adaptations for mobility.

Seen here in front of LOKA in downtown Taos, New Mexico.