Twenty-eight Birds

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Project by Phil32 posted 11-16-2018 06:52 PM 480 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is another relief carving based on a graphic design of M. C. Escher. The original was titled “Sun & Moon” and was a woodcut printed in four colors. It was called that because the light birds were overprinted with a sun, and the dark birds had a crescent moon & stars. That was a little too busy for this relief, so I limited it to the birds.

The birds form a tessellation, a design in which figures fit together like jigsaw puzzle pieces. This one is unusual in that the bird shapes do not repeat – each is unique. Basswood, 16” x 15” – stained (dark birds), clear finish.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#1 posted 11-16-2018 07:29 PM

Great work.

WAY—-WAY past my patience and abilities BOTH!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 11-16-2018 07:44 PM

Very well done. I’m sure that Escher would be pleased to see that his art is still being appreciated. ;)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 11-17-2018 03:35 PM

Nice! Leaving the sun and moon parts (and what appears to be Saturn) off was a good choice.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 11-18-2018 01:09 PM

Mindblowing…it would be a nightmare just to draw it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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