Kimberly Fields - USA
European Bee-eater Nesting Colony
13.5.x.13.5 x 5.5 European bee-eaters nest in burrows excavated alongside cliff edges, sandbanks, and riverbanks. These gregarious birds can nest in colonies or in single pairs, and have been observed helping each other build their nests.
This scene depicts a nesting colony of European bee-eaters. The birds and roots are flameworked soda-lime glass. The sloping, sandy bank is made by Ronald King and constructed from foam and plaster, textured with decomposed granite, and painted in oils. The entire piece has been mounted in a wood and glass shadowbox.