Brenda Sipe



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International Art Competition: ArtPrize Entry 2010

"Birds of a Feather" includes birds made by 171 kids at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Artist Brenda Sipe.

  Art form: 3-D

  Medium: Willow trees, wire, plastic, clay

  Year created: 2010

Description of work:

“Birds of a Feather” is a large natural, densely woven cage structure, made from 200 willow trees, which supports 171 colorful clay birds created by children. Representing inclusiveness on several levels, (physical, mental, racial, societal) the birds are created by children from differing backgrounds as a metaphor for being either caged or free, based on their interpretation of Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Though apparently fragile like societal structures, the branches are also strong, and birds are displayed both inside and outside of the cage. The sculpture could be indoor or outdoor, free-standing with a tree that is interwoven to become part of the cage, or suspended from the ceiling or branch of a very large tree. Approximate size is 10 feet but will adapt to the space. The vines could be coated with liquid plastic and painted bronze for permanence, or left in their natural state.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010, 12:30 AM

Jamie Henning, 23, of Grand Rapids looks through ArtPrize entry "Birds of a Feather" by Grand Rapids artist Brenda Sipe on Thursday on the boardwalk behind the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Sipe's entry is made from willow vines, wire, plastic and clay. (Emily Zoladz | The Grand Rapids Press)