Swoop, 2002

• garden ice granite
• 36” H x 12” W x 10” D (91cm H x 30cm W x 25cm D)
• private collection, Castle Rock, CO, USA

michael binkley sculptor sculpture original fine art gallery vancouver canada granite wildlife bald eagle

michael binkley sculptor sculpture original fine art gallery vancouver canada granite wildlife bald eagle

Sculptor Michael Binkley carved this original fine art wildlife sculpture of a bald eagle especially for his exhibition, “Sculpture at Sea” aboard the Seven Seas Navigator cruise ship in 2002.

Binkley carved the raptor from a block of garden ice granite which is quarried in Australia. The striated black and white granite carries deep red garnets which add a fascinating visual component to the stone. It is mounted on a base of rough marble and attached buy a steel pin that goes from the base into the bird’s left wing, just under the wingtip. Even though the wingtip seems to brush against the base, Binkley made sure the eagle could move completely in a circle without hindrance, so the sculpture can be easily turned to any viewing angle. The sculptor polished the body and wings to a high gleam surface to enhance the colours of the granite, but he roughed the head and tail areas so the granite appears to be white.

The bald eagle is in full flight and banking dramatically in a swooping turn, its head looking to the ground as if in search of prey. The eagle’s wings are in a downbeat and the wingtips are pushed back, compressed against the air. The tail feathers are fully spread to help turn the eagle’s direction.

The sculpture caught the attention of a couple on the cruise who purchased it for their home in the USA.

Michael Binkley