Driftwood Sculpture - The Lappet-Faced Vulture
A Lappet-Faced vulture made using driftwood as the primary material. Other materials used are pine needles, acorn shell, pistachio shells, and black onyx.
H x 10", L x 12"
The foundation or beginning piece for this sculpture was the driftwood body, found on the shores of the St. Lawrence river in Quebec. I knew I had a birds body, but the driftwood head piece turned this sculpture from an unknown bird, into a vulture. From this point it was a matter of finding the large wing and feather pieces, which all came from driftwood sources in Quebec, then adding the shoulder plumage in the form of pine needles. With the original body piece having one leg already, I then had to find the other leg, which was found weeks later in a forest close to my location. The talons are branch parts and the claws are pistachio shells. The eyes are made from black onyx stones.As with all my pieces, prior to assembly, each part goes through a cleaning and heat treatment process. The final product is lightly coated with a sealant.