Angel of Life, Angel of Death

My friend Ulli Steltzer once told me:

“Your sculptures are all smooth and finished, but your life is not like that.  Your life has points and edges, and it is anything but finished.” 

This sculpture was an experiment to see if I could pull it off.  

The name refers to an excellent and powerfully-written, if somewhat depressing book about the political and economic history of Guatemala (Bird of life, bird of death: a naturalist's journey through a land of political turmoil, by Jonathan Maslow).  It also refers to the fact that opposite sides of the sculpture conjure strongly contrasting emotional responses in viewers.

Photo by Stuart Dee.