possibilities for this sculpture sprang into existence on a cold, dreary morning
in deep broomsedge. My brother and I, just a few lazy feet apart, instantly and
unannounced had quail up our legs.|
when he was only 34 years old and over a period of 20 months,
this sculpture of 13 quail is recognized as Grainger's most
significant work. It can be seen at the Sanderling Inn in
Duck, North Carolina.
two other covey rise sculptures are the Nine
Quail Rising (1992) and Hawk
and Quail (2002).
maquette of the Covey Rise sculpture in bronze
is available here.
You may also view a printable
brochure of all the limited editions if you wish.
Covey Rise: 1981
Basswood, metal, and oil paint
Collection of Earl F. Slick
The following is an excerpt from a magazine
article written after the sculpture was completed:
Rosine, author of Bobwhite Quail, considered the bible on
managing quail, visited with McKoy and advised him on aging the
birds, and sexing them for the time of year. He gave him the right
proportions - three adult birds and ten sub-adults - for a covey
rise of thirteen birds.
There were some side benefits, too. McKoy recalls a rainy Saturday
afternoon when he was working on the sculpture. "I was over
here painting this bird and my son, who was about 11 at the time,
was helping me make up the droppings for the roost. I said, 'Son,
there are four billion people on this earth today, and I bet you
are the only one other than quail who is making that stuff. ' He
stopped, and his head started swelling a bit, and he said, 'Daddy,
do you really think so ?' I said, 'I know you are the only one making
that stuff. ' He made quail droppings all day long. I couldn't stop
him, and I've still got plenty of it left over." So when McKoy
finished the sculpture, he put his name there on a leaf. And, he
added, "and son." "That's just as much his carving
as anybody else's," said McKoy with a father's pride.
Classics, September, 1983