Amy Switzer: Word Bird: Mortimer, 2008, glass, wood, book pages, 4 x 1 x 6 inches (Paper bird) 19 x 10 x 10 inches (Glass case):
“Word Bird: Mortimer” was inspired by Schieffelin’s actions. The sculpture consists of a bird constructed from the pages of a copy of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. The pages were cut and layered to simulate feathers. The bird is the size of a starling. The bird sits perched in a glass case. It is isolated, almost sanctified, and in its beak it holds a thin strip of paper, which was cut from the book page.