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Clapper Rail Preliminary Sketch
Graphite Sketch

I began this project trying to capture the nimbleness of this acrobatic shorebird. As the sculpture took shape, another concept evolved in my mind: the sharp crispness of the upper bird represents truth. The increasing bluriness and confusion of the bottom bird represents distance from truth.

This is the fourth 'reflection' sculpture Grainger has created since 1984. Here is the first sculpture in that series of a Black Skimmer.

Clapper Rails
Common Tern: 2003
Basswood, bronze, and oil paint
Collection of Brookgreen Gardens as a gift from Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Taucher.