Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Anhinga by Harry McDaniel
Anhinga by Harry McDaniel



7'2" x 4'6" x 4'2"

Harry McDaniel
Asheville, NC

24th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (2010-2011)

Images at left show work at previous location.

Artist's Comments

In designing Anhinga, I did not have any representational or conceptual intentions. I was simply working with forms in space to create a visual experience for the viewer. I wanted to elicit a feeling of motion and interaction between the three pieces. As you walk around the sculpture, you will find that there is really no front or back; the three pieces can be seen as a new composition from each viewing angle.

When I finished fabricating the sculpture, I saw birdlike qualities to the forms, so I searched through my bird book for inspiration for a title. I found it in the anhinga, a water bird that lives in a range from the southeastern U.S. to northern Argentina. The overall form of the sculpture does not look like an anhinga, but each piece suggests a part of the bird. With a bit of imagination, you can see the outstretched neck, the upward-lifted wings, and the diving tail of an anhinga.
Harry McDaniel

About the Artist

I was born in 1959 in Wichita, Kansas. I lived in Missouri, New Jersey, and North Carolina growing up. I always enjoyed taking things apart and putting them back together (my mother tells me that I took my pacifiers apart). I did some drawing and painting as a boy, but was more interested in building go-carts and tree-forts. As a young adult, I was drawn to art, but I did not anticipate that I would make a career as a sculptor.

In 1983, I took a painting class at a community art center in Connecticut and REALLY liked it. I then took a metal sculpture class and really liked it too. In the summer of 1984 I saw an ad in a local weekly paper requesting design submissions for a public art project for the train station in Stamford, Connecticut. I had looked at public sculptures many times and thought “I could do better than that”, so I decided it was time to put my money where my mouth was. I spent the next week designing and creating a couple of models. I became totally absorbed in the project and at the end of the week (though I was not awarded the commission) it was clear that creating artwork was deeply satisfying to me and I needed to make it an ongoing part of my life. In the past 25 years I have produced a wide range of sculptures.

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