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07. Vulture (36" x 48" x 36") $4,500

07. Vulture (36" x 48" x 36")  $4,500

Macey Center, Socorro, NM

1. Any of various large birds of prey of the New World family Cathartidae or of the Old World family Accipitridae, characteristically having dark plumage and a featherless head and neck and generally feeding on carrion.
2. A person of a rapacious, predatory, or profiteering nature.
(Middle English, from Old French vulture, from Latin vulture.)

My Thoughts:
Death is part of the cycle of life, yet we fear it. Change inspires growth, yet we avoid it. The vulture is often characterized as an evil, greedy creature, yet in many countries the vulture is the only reliable form of sanitation. Most vultures do not kill, but clean up after death. Generally vultures hunt by sight, soaring and watching for other vultures descending to feed.

When fear and avoidance creep into my life, I try to see a bigger picture where negatives are balanced with positives. I pull myself from the depths of despair by looking for the good growing out of tragedies. I think of the vulture as an heroic creature, patiently watching, waiting, and cleaning up after death. Like the vulture seeking dinner, I soar to new heights using my eyes. They are my treasures. They find food for my soul.

eyes: camera lens, copper sample (imbedded in molded plastic, used in hardness testing), grocery vegetable twistees.
head: woven plastic vegetable bags, plastic shopping bags, plastic window screen. news headlines from Rodney King,"We can all get along here." Apache Mining stock certificate.
body: rubber tires, knives, forks, woven video film.
wings: scrap metal, articles defining vultures and their habitats.
tail: bicycle tires
feet: layers of plastic bags, (bread and carrot chosen for their color and printed textures) netting.
toes: bottle caps, tin can lids.