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Bat's Remorse

Phillip Stern's avatar Phillip Stern

"Bats Remorse" combines natural and building materials in a 3-dimensional story involving an imaginary flying figure. Inspired by a photo of a prehistoric bat fossil in a science magazine, the figure is meant to look human and bat-like and very much alive, but is also incomplete or coming apart, as in fossil remains. It has only one wing, lots of holes. The figure is lighting on the shards of a hollow tree felled in a storm, with holes drilled by woodpeckers. All of that rests atop a furnace flue pipe. Taken together, all of the diverse materials and details tell the story of habitats—insects’, bats’, and ultimately us carbon-burning creatures’ building activities that intensify the storms that erode the soil that brings down the tree.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 55 inches
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Width: 64 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 91 inches