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Alan Meyburgh

Hovering Cockatoo - Yallingup

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Base: 60cm x 64cm
Sculpture: 230cmH x 145cmW x 80cmD

Medium:  Jarrah Wood, Mild Steel

Alan decided, under tremendous time pressure of his own accord, that he was going to produce this piece - his largest cockatoo sculpture to date. He said to himself: "It ain't BIG ENOUGH if it doesn't scare the hell out of you". So, he got to work and the sculpture, his labour of love, was delivered and installed at Yallingup Galleries on time. This is the first artwork forming the newly established sculpture trail at Yallingup Galleries.  
This piece holds meaning for the artist, because he based it on a photograph that his friend, Hank Durlik, took near Margaret River. He is a tour operator, bird lover and photographer with great knowledge of these wonderful birds. Black cockatoos are loved by many people in the Southwest and can be found in sizable flocks, and are worthy of protection. Here the artist has captured a moment in time, when the bird is about to land. They bring their tail forward and down, extend their wings back and ready their "landing gear".
The components of this sculpture also have a lot of meaning and come with a story.  Shaped from old fence post originating on the 1910 farm of Tim Conelly, the man who discovered Lake Cave back in 1897 and with significant historic value, is the body. The wings, cut from an old farm sled and given to Alan by a friend after her father passed away. She loves to know that her father's collocation is being honoured in this way. Many of these  components can be found throughout the artworks at Origins Market in Busselton. The legs come from old steel pipe that served as conduit for electrical cable in the region. Every component has a story. 

Care for sculpture
The steel and timber compliments are treated with a coat of penetrol - a small paint roller is recommend. This product offers protection against rust and breaks down. This coating can be applied as regularly as every 6 months, and this is recommended if the piece is outdoors and exposed to the elements. If indoors, the process can be repeated every few years.