I’m happy to include this piece of art in the blog. I think it is fantastic! I asked Bryan if he would write something about it and this is what he sent:
To understand why I made “Coyote” you first must have some idea of what Burning Man is. The festival takes place in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada and is attended by thousands of people who enjoy open spaces and the freedom to live freely, not unlike Coyotes themselves.
2013 was the 5th year of my receiving an art grant from Burning Man. In past work for Burning Man I had made insects, birds, snakes and architectural pieces but never a four legged animal. I am a professional sculptor and some of my most successful work includes life-sized horses, a bull, and a lion.
I decided to build “Coyote”, but on a monumental scale, for the event as it seemed the natural four legged animal given the context. At 26′ tall, this giant beast is climbable and has a rotating head that can turn into the wind. Weighing in at 7 tons, this steel and stainless steel creature will be with us for many years to come, as I am sure wild coyotes will be too.