Giles Gilson Gallery
|The Feather series began around 1980. Giles was given some pieces of
fossilized walrus ivory, and found that they worked well with the woods he used.
He developed the first feather pieces as "boxes" that
would show the colorful ivory as a focal
point. This photo shows the first piece in the series, done
The lids on these boxes were horizontal, and worked well as a design , but Giles was not satisfied, because he realized that the concept became even more powerful when it was elevated to a more vertical plane. This is why the lid of the box (which had the feathers) became a hinged door, and is in a more vertical plane. This change also allowed for the placement of strikers and feather like assemblies to be mounted around the body of the pieces. Many of these pieces are wall cabinets, and pedestal sculptures.
The sculptural aspect is evident in all the details of
each piece. Each part is a small sculpture that relates to, and becomes part of
the whole unit.
1987 Giles decided to make two rows of the feathers out of hand carved aluminum,
for this piece:
This selection from the Feather series is the most
recent; completed in late 2000
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