Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Owl Pellets Again?

Last week I wrote about the owl pellet economy, a random find so obscure I expected to never run across the topic again. But one week later, dear reader, I must report a second random, related encounter.

Sunday I was at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City, where I came across Alastair Mackie’s untitled (+/-):

Here is the description from the artist’s Web site:

over a period of one year barn owl pellets have been collected and processed in to their raw components of mouse fur and bone. the fur has been spun in to yarn and, with the use of a loom, the yarn has been woven in to a sheet of fabric. the skeletons have been left as a heap, the size of which correlates directly with the size of the sheet of material.

I trust that now—really—I have fulfilled my lifetime quota of owl pellet marginalia.

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