'Integration' by Shane Wilson (Discovery and Recovery by Peter Harms)

I will be posting the story here of the discovery and recovery of a massive set of antlers from a rugged Yukon mountain top in September 2002 by Peter Harms. It's quite a tale - Peter is a fair raconteur and bush man, so it will be worth the wait ...

For now, here are some of the pictures he took on his expedition to bring these antlers down from on high.

The antler set will be carved into an abstract masterpiece, entitled 'Integration' which will bring together the two elements of angles and curves which I've used in the 'Duality' sculptures.

Integration - moose skull and skeleton where found

Integration - snow moving in fast

shelter where Peter Harms spent night waiting for plane to remove moose skull and antlers

strapping down moose skull and antlers - 'Integration'

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'Integration' (Begin 1) by Shane Wilson

This enormous moose rack and partial skull was discovered high atop a rock-strewn mountain in southern Yukon.

It is 1.5 meters (5 ft) wide and each paddle is 91 cm (3 ft) high.

It will form the basis for the first of three major abstract works which I plan to create over the next decade or so.

The partial bone skull will be completed with a matching bronze partial skull, which will be integrated into a tapering floor mounted base.

'Integration' will be an integrated duality themed work, where the curved and angled elements will come together throughout the design.

The antlers have been moved into the office, so that I can live with them in order to work out design possibilities over the next year.

Next, I'll post the images and account of the recovery of this amazing set of antlers by Peter Harms, a Yukon teacher and outdoor enthusiast. It was quite the adventure!

[The second major abstract work planned will be carved from a complete, 3 meter (10 ft) long wooly mammoth tusk (~2018) and the third will be carved from a locked set of two large Yukon moose racks (~2021).]

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