A series of sculptures by Kate MccGwire shining a spotlight on the beauty of the common bird, combining nature, sustainability and art.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bird Garden, Harewood House invited renowned British sculptor, Kate MccGwire to create pieces for a new exhibitition exploring the beauty of the common bird. MccGwire explores the connection between nature, sustainability and art in this series of intricate sculptures, working with unusual materials such as discarded feathers.
The artist's visually striking sculptures play with the idea of opposites, notable for their darker undertones and context. Believing that humans are instinctively drawn to patterns and detail, she works meticulously with her sustainable material of choice, the feather, creating constrasting shapes and colours resulting in graceful large-scale sculptures.
Recycling and exploring sustainability through creation are particulalry important parts of Kate MccGwire's work - for Menagerie, the feathers used were collected from a mix of donars, including race-pigeon enthusiasts.