Untitled, 2017, bronze
Located at Murrow Park at Pennsylvania Avenue and 18th Street, NW
Jack Champion’s pair of oversized birds are each assembled from 40 different pieces of cast bronze. The artist initially began making the crows to play with perspective on the playa at Burning Man with the idea that the crows would look small in the vastness of the landscape and then overwhelm the viewer with their scale as one approached them. Crows play a meaningful role in Champion’s life: his grandmother kept a pet crow when the artist was five, an uncanny encounter with crows in the desert at Burning Man spurred the creation of this series, and he still feeds the crows outside his house in Oakland, CA.