The “Red Tailed Hawk” is a piece that puts consumerism into a conversation with nature.
The hawk has a basic form out of rod with sheet metal feathers. It is the life size of an actual red tailed hawk. The metal is raw and rusty, as well as extremely sharp. Cable housing runs from each wing, through the interior to the tail. Lifting the tail lifts the wings of the sculpture.
The raw metal brings light to the raw beauty of nature. So much of the weight is in the wings to demonstrate the power of this animal. It is an aggressive posture for the hawk to have its wings open. This hawk is defending itself. It wants to survive, and its instinct is to not easily fall victim to extinction, even by humans. This sculpture brings awareness to animals and their habitats. Cutting trees and pouring cement over fields for that next shopping center displaces animals such as the red tailed hawk. However, this hawk won’t take it wings down.