Bird 'n' Tide is an assemblage sculpture inspired by what I, an urbanite from Brooklyn, NY, saw, felt, heard, smelled, and found on Great Cranberry Island during a week's stay in August of 1999. The island's tidal pool and the effects of time and the elements were the great inspirers. The tidal pool, its water and mud, its birds and weather. The effects of time and the elements on rope, chains and driftwood. I was driven to create Bird 'n' Tide and three other assemblages between the flood and ebb lines. Sitting for hours on late lobsterman Winslow Bunker's dock I watched Bird 'n' Tide, I listened to the mudflat's multi-sensory symphony of silence, weather and a multitude of birds flockin' together. I absorbed Great Cranberry Island to be with me in Brooklyn.|
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the calls of day are dawnin'
just sittin' here — unfraught —
wails and whistles;
a keh-keh-keh haggler
beaks balkin' bik bik,
an overseas straggler
pockets of stillness
a short, cleanly whistled oodle-oo,