Sculpture | Elk 2

The elk is made of standing dead aspen wood. I select pieces that have a distinctive coloration: bone-colored with streaks of brown, grey and orange. Most of the wood has its original coloration and surface. The antlers have been sculpted down to the interior wood; two logs were center sliced to make the four components. The body and legs have been painted with burnt siena and black abstracting the natural coloration of elk. There is a copper cap on top of the neck piece to protect the end-log from moisture. The whole piece is varnished. This is not a realistic elk, but rather a symbol of an elk. I see plenty of real elk near my cabin in the mountains. They sleep on the lake in the winter and walk through our yard.

64" x 24" x 44"
Acrylic on aspen, with copper head cap.

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