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See Through Other Eyes: Spotted Owl (Bronze)

See Through Other Eyes, Bronze, sculpture by Ellen Woodbury

I carved “See Through Other Eyes: Spotted Owl” as a stone sculpture, and then had it molded and cast as a bronze sculpture. The bronze edition is five sculptures, all crafted for outdoor display.

Inspiration

The Northern Spotted Owl is the apex predator (top of the food chain) in old-growth forests. As the forests are being cut down the habitat of the Spotted Owl is disappearing, and consequently, so are the Spotted Owls.

The owl is the “canary in the coal mine” for old-growth forests. Its disappearance is an indication that the entire ecosystem is failing due to the over-cutting of trees. Saving the Spotted Owl means saving the old-growth forests.

An Interactive Experience

“See Through Other Eyes: Spotted Owl” is designed as an interactive experience. The eyes of the owl are cut all the way through and invite the viewer to see the world from the perspective of another being.

The Spotted Owl is an endangered species. I want people to understand that these owls are going extinct and imagine what that might feel like. Maybe then we wouldn’t tolerate the harvesting of old-growth forests. These forests are rare and precious, and support many animals.

See Through Other Eyes, Bronze, sculpture by Ellen Woodbury
The Owl (and you!) gaze at the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. Photo by Michael Stricker.

 

The Message

Share the earth and make sure there is room for all creatures to live.

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