Red-tailed Gryphon in Flight

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Bethany Weber

This piece has its origins in a trip that my boyfriend, Anthony Santella, and I took to the The National Museum of the American Indian in New York. There was a big exhibit of Mexican folk art there at the time, including some beautiful large paper-mache sculptures. One of the sculptures was of a fantasy creature that was almost, but not quite, a gryphon. As it happens, Anthony had recently suggested we ought to do some sort of collaborative art project. Thus, the idea of making a large paper-mache gryphon was born. We worked on it together on the floor of my living room -- it makes for a cheaper date than going to the movies, that's for sure. The hawk parts are modeled after a Red-tailed Hawk and the cat parts after a cougar, a favorite combination of mine. The body is done in a combination of paper-mache with strips of paper and with paper pulp over a paper core. The feathers of the wings and ears are straight poster board, and the tail tuft is twisted painted brown mailing paper. We both pretty much worked on all the parts of the gryphon with the notable exception of the wings, which all Anthony’s are doing. Actually, I guess I did most of the work on the beak and eyes, plus the tail-tuft and ears. The wings are the best part, though. :-) The gryphon is roughly 3' long and 4.5' wide across the wings. She's shown here in situ, which is a fancy way of saying that she's hanging above the table in my apartment. :-) I may as well plug Anthony's website: it's at He has some examples of his art there. Unlike me, he can draw. :-)

Published More than a year ago

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