Giant feather sculptures excude a fragile beauty

Constructed entirely from feathers, artist Kate MccGwire's intricate sculptures are a wonder to behold.

Artist Kate MccGwire creates stunning sculptures using only feathers

Artist Kate MccGwire 'gathers, collates, re-uses, layers, peels, burns, reveals, locates, questions, duplicates, plays and photographs'. It sounds like a lot of effort, but the end results are certainly worth it. Creating huge, imposing structures from a fragile medium such as feathers makes her work stand out as truly unique.

"There are certainly drawbacks with the medium," MccGwire admits. "They are fragile but if cared for correctly I can make the most of their intrinsic beauty, but if I don’t wrap a piece correctly or if someone were to ruffle the feathers it can take time to mend them - usually this can be done with stroking and preening but occasionally a section of feathers may have to be replaced."

"I suppose that means it is actually quite forgiving as an overall piece but it does involve quite a bit of time and normally with an installation that can be limited." Take a look at some of her pieces and marvel at their strange and wonderful beauty.

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

Feather sculptures

See more of MccGwire's work at her website.

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