Avifauna by Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

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Stuffed animals covered in fabric by Dutch designers Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters will be presented at Pierre Bergé & Associés in Brussels next week.

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A grey heron, tawny owl and blackbird were stuffed without plumage then wrapped in fabric and mounted on oak.

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The pieces, called Avifauna, will be on sale at an auction of objects selected by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.

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Here's some text from the designers:

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Avifauna: Grey Heron, Tawny Owl and Blackbird - Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

Avifauna will be part of next weeks auction ‘Wish List – Li Edelkoort’ at Pierre Bergé & Associés, Brussels.

‘Avifauna’ is about bringing two common worlds we love together, nature and textile. We’ve started to materialize the beauty, shape and language of form that we see in animals and what’s better to start this search than to mold on the animal itself. The ‘Dutch’ Grey Heron, Tawny owl and Blackbird were stuffed without their plumage and used as dummies to design on.

Right now we’re working on designing still animals out of paper. We’re trying to find new shapes, techniques and textures from the motion of flying owls, fighting hares, walking storks and other animals.

The Grey Heron, Tawny Owl and Blackbird were first developed for Janice Blackburn’s ‘Small Show Huge Talent’ earlier this year. None of the animals were killed for this project.

Avifauna
Grey Heron, Tawny Owl, Blackbird
Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
2009
Oak wood, bestial materials, cotton, wool
Edition of 25

maarten kolk & guus kusters

  • g

    why

  • ano

    Why not G ??

  • Tim

    Bad taste bad idea terrible. Killing animal stuffingit and wrapping and sellt them to make money? Sounds like a deed of some one who loves viorence, old fashion and have no clue of what we should be doing…

  • http://francoisbeydoun.blogspot.com Francois Beydoun

    I love the idea of representing these birds through the volume and tissues. But what I find unfortunate is to kill animals to do the artwork!

    Francois Beydoun

  • James

    @Tim

    “None of the animals were killed for this project.”

    At least glance at the text before making a stupid comment…

    I like the pieces, they express the forms of the originals nicely, but I have a rule on soft sculpture that would compel me to say no to any possible purchase.

  • g

    well then.. why not ANO?!
    :)

  • http://www.unruly.ca Katy McDevitt

    Quite disconcerting, this stuff. All the pieces remind me of that horrible image of the hooded prisoner at Abu Ghraib. Which is good but disturbing. And art is allowed to be disturbing.

  • LOW

    What is it with designers and dead animals now a day?

  • recon::decon

    creepy. I like it.

  • sketchbook

    ‘Right now we’re working on designing still animals out of paper’

    its called origami. people have been doing it for quite a long time and very well. These are dead animals that have been covered in textile. hardly a big talent.

    I know these animals were not killed but this statement just fills my heart with sadness;

    ‘The ‘Dutch’ Grey Heron, Tawny owl and Blackbird were stuffed without their plumage and used as dummies to design on.’

  • KB

    as if all the ideas in the world had been exhausted.

  • Paul

    kind of liked….but creepy

  • sketchbook

    ‘The pieces, called Avifauna, will be on sale at an auction of objects selected by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort.’

    ha as if you could trust her. she’s responsible for this sort of rubbish being hyped up in the first place

  • headplow

    This is great! Not the work, but I got censored by the moderator! I guess I have arrived. Apparently you can’t equate these genius works to BS modern art.
    Some people are too sensitive I guess.