Kingdom" is contained in a 19" square Obelisk that stands
40" high. It features 58 animals, birds and fish handcrafted by
Karl Blindheim of Toronto, Canada. A magnificent Dogwood tree created
by Harriet Mottaz of Ft. Myers, Florida, crowns a "mountain"
constructed of Manzanita Burl, a variety of wood that comes from the
Sierra Nevada range in California. A wide assortment of wild flowers
are found throughout.
This work was
inspired by the paintings of an American primitive painter, Edward
Hicks (1780 – 1849), a Pennsylvania Quaker minister. The work
featured domestic and wild animals in a serene setting. Hicks himself
was inspired by the Bible where it says, "The Wolf shall dwell
with the Lamb..." From 1816 until his death, he painted 62
versions of this theme.
The piece is in
a private collection.
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