Ornithology / by Chris Maynard

 Ornithology . turkey wing covert feathers . 70 cm x 100 cm . 2017

Ornithology . turkey wing covert feathers . 70 cm x 100 cm . 2017

This large piece represents about one tenth of all the bird families in the world. Carved into each feather is a bird or birds from a different family. The left row shows more or less the earliest existing birds to evolve; the right row shows the latest. The top row of cut out birds are loosely the highest flyers, the bottom row are the lowest.

This was commissioned by a natural history museum in late 2017 so the piece has a lined-up row feeling of a museum specimen collection.