Created and Sold by Gregory Fields

Gregory Fields
Public Sculptures by Gregory Fields seen at 111 S Havana St, Aurora - Tale of Two Birds
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Tale of Two Birds


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Carved in glazed ceramic relief, this triangular pillar sculpture recalls the parable of the Two Birds from ancient India. The lower bird eats the sweet and bitter fruits of life, in constant fear of the tiger of desire. The upper bird sits serene and majestic, free from desire and immersed in his own glory. Through life’s experiences and upon gaining wisdom, the lower bird realizes his real nature is that of the upper bird.

Glazed ceramic, mortared and grouted to 1/2″ cement backer board attached to a 1/4″ thick powder-coated steel frame. The piece is 84 x 8.75 x 4.5 inches. The base is 1/4″ steel plate, 31.5″ x 21.5″, suitable for bolting or welding to an appropriate foundation. The piece will also stand solidly without attachment to a foundation.

This piece was on display outside the City Hall in Happy Valley, Oregon from 2018-19. It will be on display from April 2020-April 2021 in Lafayette, Colorado as part of the city's Art on the Streets program.

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Gregory Fields

Meet the Creator

I love to play in clay, exploring natural and abstract forms that take shape on welded steel pieces, as tall pillar sculptures, or in colorful ceramic murals.

I was raised in San Francisco, surrounded by art as my father was a painter. After school, seeking some inner truth, I lived in a monastery for two decades. The influence of that contemplative life pervades much of my work even now. Drawn to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, I moved to Seattle in 2003. There I studied sculptural anatomy with Kim Beaton and discovered the wonderful properties of clay. I received my first public art commission in 2008. I now live in Louisville, Colorado near the majestic Rocky Mountains, striving to push beyond my artistic limits.