Arting for 365 Day 334: Cliff Swallow Evolution (A Pierced Paper Piece)

Day 334, 8 x 10" pierced paper

Day 334, 8 x 10″ pierced paper

Goal: To create one piece of art each day for 365 consecutive days

I caught a story on Science Friday that was really interesting. The long and short of it was this:

  • Cliff Swallows have begun making nests on the overpasses above busy highways and interstates
  • Initially, many of them were getting hit by cars, leading to their untimely demise
  • Rather quickly, researchers began noticing bird deaths were declining
  • They then noticed these highway birds’ wings seemed to have evolved to shorten, making it easier for them to avoid head-on collisions

Much more research is needed to prove that this quick evolution is actually happening because of vehicles, but it is looking as though it might be the case. SO COOL.

I was inspired. I created this swallow with the hopes of emphasizing a really large wing vs. a small one. While I like the final piece, if I were to re-do it, I would create a smaller bodied bird and somehow drastically differentiate the wing sizes. Placing the smaller wing in front would help too. Currently, it looks as though I’ve demonstrated perspective on the back wing – not really my goal. An interesting little guy, nonetheless!

You can buy this piece!

Day 334 Cliff Swallow detailDay 334 Cliff Swallow Evolves Lit

9 thoughts on “Arting for 365 Day 334: Cliff Swallow Evolution (A Pierced Paper Piece)

  1. Wow! I love this! I like to do a lot of stippling, the texture it creates is so beautiful! I love this piece, no colour, the image and the paper are one….

  2. Thank you very much! It’s always tricky getting a good photo with these, so I try to include a close-up.

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