HUGINN is one of Odin's twin ravens. His name means "thought" and, alongside his brother (MUNINN or "memory"), he is sent out each morning to fly about the world and bring the news of the day back to Odin. In this latest sculpture, I have depicted Huginn perched upon a semi-submerged spectacled style Viking helmet. It is the first of two matching sculptures that will pair up perfectly to represent these best of birds.
This free-standing sculpture is produced in cold-cast bronze and nickel-silver. It weighs just under eight (8) pounds and sits very sturdily on its base. At 13 inches tall, 11 inches wide (beak to tail), and 7 inches deep it is a perfect size for a mantle, desk or shelf. The piece is hand signed by the artist and comes with a brass plate attached underneath the base etched with the edition number and a full-color, signed storycard that explains the story behind the sculpture.
Huginn is a piece I've been dreaming of sculpting (along with its near-future companion piece, Muninn) for a couple years now and I am delighted to have found the time in my schedule to bring it into the world (the single silver-lining in the three-month stay-at-home order we've been under here in Michigan).
This piece presented several unique challenges to me as a sculptor. First, I did not want to use any cheap tricks to support the raven (no tail feathers or wing conveniently resting on the helmet for added support). I also wanted continuous detail on every surface and from every angle. I wanted to capture the classic, slightly hunch-shouldered, off-balance stance of a raven perched on uneven ground, the semi-submerged helmet base, the eyes that spoke of timeless wisdom and deep knowledge. His name, after all, means "thought." I wanted something that would be extremely stable while looking very much alive - like it could take flight at any moment. I wanted to it be a bit heavier than past sculptures (at eight pounds, it weighs three times as much as my Prow sculptures.) Lastly, I wanted it to pay tribute to my first (now long-since sold out) layered relief "Odin's Ravens" since that was the piece that helped launch my studio back in 2014 when it was featured on PBS. Huginn is one of those rare moments when the art matches what was in the artist's eye and I am thrilled to present it to you.
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