Oil, 24" x 36"
©2010 Thomas Anderson
I found this colony of Cliff Swallows underneath the Coast Highway bridge over San Simeon creek. This piece is about structure and texture, the concrete bridge, the nests built with great precision, one swallow bill-full of mud at a time, all crammed safely in the right angle between the vertical and horizontal surfaces, and all the swallow society behaviors and activities—the stillness and the movement, the coming and going, the raising of their young right next to one another. Cliff and barn swallows have so thoroughly adapted to human structures for building their durable “adobe” nests, it’s hard to imagine what they did before we created places for them to build nests.
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