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This bronze sculpture by Martin Puryear bears a likeness to a bird perched on a tree, or perhaps the upright figure of a human body. Through their evocation of familiar forms, Puryear’s abstractions allow for diverse interpretations.
Drawing from his lifelong fascination with traditional craft and modern design, Puryear uses various techniques to create sculptures that reveal his unwavering commitment to the handmade. Although this work is cast in bronze, traces of wood grain are evident on the surface of the sculpture, referencing the woodworking techniques that the artist typically employs.