Incredible Feather Art
Using feathers acquired from zoos and private aviaries, artist Chris Maynard creates delicately constructed scenes of birds with feathers. The artist admits to being “feather obsessed” and is fascinated not only with birds and flight, but with the color and texture of their plumage which he explores through his small dioramas. You can see much more on his website and Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico will soon be showing some of Maynard’s larger work.
I’m not an ornithologist, but I recognize five of the six birds above, and know for sure that you can see at least four of them at the Garden if you time it correctly (the timing being predicated upon whether or not one of the Bronx Zoo’s peacocks has flown the coop and come for a visit. Yes I’m serious). What a beautiful way to celebrate these birds, both common and exotic! ~AR