Sculpture by Ross Matteson
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ã2002 by Ross Matteson (bronze) 18 x 24 x 19 inches edition size 20
Prairie Queen is a large, warm gyrfalcon perched on a partially buried buffalo skull. While on winter migration, in what most humans would think of as a cold, harsh landscape, she preens her feathers almost as if in the intimacy of a bedroom. The metaphor of the skull, a Western symbol for hardship, has no meaning to her. She is above it. It is only a perch on the open prairie. Her royal life is presently affirmed by the absence of death in her thought.
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[photo credit: Ross Matteson]