Wooden sculptures by Christopher King
In 2013, shortly after moving into a small cottage in the Sussex Weald I started making the first birds out of off-cuts of English willow. I wanted to make something that reminded me of the swifts and swallows that I watched darting over nearby fields when I was out walking in the summer. The first ones were a little crude, but slowly the shape became better, closer to the thing I was looking for: a minimal, modern form that echoed the elegant simplicity of the birds that visit us from distant, warm climes: visitors that are deeply embedded in our cold country's perception of the changing seasons.
"It's surely summer, for there's a swallow: Come one swallow, his mate will follow, the bird race quicken and wheel and thicken."
- Christina G. Rossetti