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Stiletto Parakeet Stiletto Parakeet

Stiletto Parakeet

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Parrots/parakeets are among the most endangered groups of creatures. This one is the very last of its kind.

A number of rounded items of driftwood such as this head , have sat with me for ages. I wasn't certain how to use them, until this highly worn plastic shoe heel washed up. It looked just like the bill of a bird, whatsmore, the splayed end perfectly matched the circular wooden head. It may not be the traditional Roman nose shape for a parrot, but it does possess the world weary flakiness of a seasoned campaigner.

For me, the body shape is undoubtedly parakeet. Just look at the shadows this bird gives. It comes to life!
Sid Burnard portraitSid Burnard was born in Brighton in 1948. Introduced to the art of beachcombing by his Romany grandmother, Sid learnt to appreciate the beauty of nature from an early age. His time at Bristol Guild of Applied Arts gave him a profound understanding of visual arts and crafts and allowed him to put his personal vision into practice.

He is now based in Borth near Aberystwyth in Wales, where the flotsam and jetsam from the nearby sea is his only source of materials. Working with found objects, nothing is changed - simply introduced to one another. His driftwood pieces, usually birds, boats or mythical beasts, are full of his passion, integrity and wonderful humour.
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