Bird (2012), is a 12-foot high, 12-foot wide, 14-foot long sculpture made with 5,500 actual and fabricated nails in the shape of a bird. The work weighs five tons and is loosely inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. Through this sculpture, Will Ryman changes the meaning of the nail, which is traditionally used to connect materials and build structures. By dramatically altering its scale and using it in excessive quantities, Ryman creates new shapes and patterns that reference mythology, spirituality, and art history.
FLATIRON PLAZA // BROADWAY & 23RD ST. MARCH 24 – APRIL 21, 2013