Hovering Cockatoo Contemp
68cmH x 23cmW x 18cmD
Jarrah Wood, Mild Steel on Melaleuca branch
The black cockatoo is synonymous with the Southwest and is an icon, representing most species in need of conservation within the region. This piece holds a lot of meaning for the artist, because he based it on a photograph that his friend Hank Durlik took near Margaret River - an expert photographer and nature-based tour guide. Alan has focussed on his signature style of combining nature-inspired sculptures with contemporary. All components are recycled and this matches his artist practice of being environmentally responsible.
Care for sculpture
The steel and timber compliments are treated with a simple coating of linseed oil and turpentine in 50/50 mixture - lightly brushed on. This coating can be applied as regularly as every 6 months – this is recommended if the piece is outdoors and exposed to the elements. If indoors, the process can be repeated every few years. Any commercially available furniture oil, such as tung oil, can be used for this application. Penetrol is used for outdoor settings and office higher levels of protection and should be applied every 6 months to 1 year