This brolga’s mating dance expresses joy and exuberance for living. How we need this in our lives!
Brolgas are cranes native to Australia, living principally in the tropics but do extend their habitat as far south as Victoria. They are wet land birds.
Mounted on a large wagon wheel tyre and criss cross car leaf springs. The body is stylized car suspension coil springs, the neck is exhaust pipe, the head is a spring and the beak is harvester ‘fingers’. The thighs are harvester fingers, the knee joints are steering tie rod ends and the lower legs are steel shafting. The feet are harvester fingers. The wings are expressive and huge; secured to an old horse drawn cart leaf spring are pieces of finely fluted roofing iron as are is the tail. A combination of mig welding and gas bronzing was used. When the wind blows, the brolga “dances”.