Whiff on the Wind

Sculpture of a Hyena

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17 in Edition

W: 8″ H: 11.5″ L: 11″
20cm x 29cm x 28cm

16lbs (7.3kg)

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Bronze Africa ‘Whiff on the Wind’

My good friend Gerry Ohrstrom asked me to sculpt a Hyena as he wanted a gift for a man who had done a thesis on these strange animals. I accepted of course, not knowing that I was in for a long tour of duty. I took clay to Tanzania in 2008 where I was going to be on a hunt in the Selous Game Reserve with my good friend and long time hunting companion Michi Deckel. I started the sculpture and when I was told by my fellow guides it looked like a dog it was the beginning of repeatedly re-sculpting this piece. For me this was the most difficult animal that I have sculpted. The Hyena when he is hunted becomes extremely cunning and if he occurs on private land he is all but impossible to hunt. So here he/she is, for not only are they difficult to hunt or sculpt, they are nearly impossible to sex.

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