"Window of Opportunity"
This sculpture has captured the interest of hundreds of people.
Carved from a single piece of red cedar approximately 600 years old, this sculpture represents "embracing the moment."
Where once lath held plastic on the window to keep out the cold, this old, charred home gives shelter and protection in the spring to six fledgling barn swallows. The parent birds have found the old house to be the perfect haven for their nest, tucked high in the wall above the window, behind broken bricks and crumbling mortar.
But soon the babies must take their own opportunity. One brave fledgling has already left the nest and sits alone on the window ledge below... the other five are still in the nest, contemplating their own journey.
This carving is a sweet, tender rendition of the transition of a tiny barn swallow from the protection of the nest to the wide world of danger and excitement. This exquisitely tender moment has been frozen in time.
You almost want the little bird to rejoin his nest mates. At the same time you celebrate his courage and feel great joy... for you know that soon he will be swooping and dipping in search of insects, exhilarating in the freedom of flight and leaving behind the confines of the nest forever.