We humans always seem to have been fascinated by composite creatures, whether frightening ones like minotaurs or beguiling ones like mermaids. Often we fall in ill-fated love with the beguiling ones, as in Swan Lake, Southeast Asian tales of romance between mortal men and bird-women, or nearly any science fiction movie.
Among bird-men, this has got to be the handsomest. Look at the elegant plumage rising along the legs and the superb whiplashing tail feathers. Then the posture: how carefully the sculptor has leaned the torso forward to counterbalance the tail, and shown how strongly the creature pulls his shoulders back and stomach in to hold his upper body vertical. Finally there's his tender, intelligent face.
- FMcG ("Gorgeous" exhibition)