Every now and then I stumble across an artist who makes me wish I had a metric ton of money. Because if I did, I’d have Chris Maynard’s feather shadow boxes all over my house.
His home page states:
Feathers provided by zoos and aviaries are carefully cut, positioned, and preserved in each piece. Most are collected after natural molting, with no harm to the bird. In fact, many of the owners of the feathers in art are still alive and well. Chris Maynard designs, cuts, and arranges the feathers which retain their original feather colors and shapes. He creates tiny flocks of graceful swans using swan feathers; displaying peacocks with peacock feathers, turkeys with turkey feathers, and more.
If you’re a bird lover, check out Maynard’s page, and especially his gallery of shadow boxes. The artistry is painstaking and accurate, and the results are just gorgeous.