Michael Peterson, Bird House, 1994, madrone, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003), 2003.60.46
Michael Peterson "saw" the shape of Bird House within the uncut wood. The carved ridges and curves follow the stripes of grain around the piece, and knots in the wood have become smooth holes. The sculpture appears to have been taken directly from the trunk of a tree, almost as if Peterson merely polished and presented a natural form.
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9 3/4 x 6 x 4 3/4 in. (24.7 x 15.1 x 12.1 cm)
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Gift of Fleur and Charles Bresler in honor of Kenneth R. Trapp, curator-in-charge of the Renwick Gallery (1995--2003)
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