The artist amassed her extensive collection of plumage from pigeon racers

When visitors see the piece for the first time they are drawn to the phenomenal scale, rhythmic patterning, movement, and perfection of the piece, MccGwire says. “But are often perturbed and revolted when they understand what the material is.”

This twofold experience is intentional, as the artist wants the viewer to see the transformation of overlooked materials into something that is aesthetically fascinating.

London-based sculptor Kate MccGwire uses thousands of pigeon feathers in her newest installations.

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