Although I did have this one in the Crafty Chicks show, it hasn't shown up on my blog or Etsy shop- til now! This cage is the second largest one I've made so far. It stands 22.5" tall and is 8.5" in diameter at the base. The "tree skeleton" is made by me from twisted, rusted wire and the birds that live in it's branches are made by me from paperclay. The top of the circus tent is made from tea stained muslin and it is trimmed in a black sequin scalloped fabric. For more info or to purchase this piece, click on the Etsy link to the right.
Finally I'm putting up some of my photos of the old Brighton pier....one of the most hauntingly picturesque places I've been. This used to be the original pier that was burned to the ground many years ago. Don't you just love the intricacy of the metal structure that's still standing?
That birds have now made this place their home is even more fitting--someday I plan on making a sculptural "scale" model of this, complete with birdies of course!
This is the real Helter Skelter ride on the newer Brighton Pier. As you can see, this ride is so old that it's getting rehabbed....that's a shame because you can't make out the great paint work on the sides. They say from the tip top of this building you can see the Isle of Wight. We unfortunately didn't get to find out but it still inspired me to make a piece with this namesake.
I started making these birdcages and other wire pieces when I realized I love the look of an abandoned circus or carnival but I also like the look of nature reclaiming some of these abandoned places and giving them new life.
Traveling with my family to England this summer, we went to the seaside town of Brighton where they have a dilapidated pier that was destroyed in a fire. It looks like a giant wire birdcage, and in fact it is because many birds have made it their home so it has a second life as a bird sanctuary. Seeing that old pier and the carnival on the nearby "new" pier(at least 30 years old) was even more of an inspiration to create this artwork. I hope you enjoy it!