Thursday, March 3, 2011

Trumpeter Swan Decoy Sculpture to attract Trumpeters to a nesting site...

Chichi means father in Japanese...I was thinking of naming the sculpture Chichi instead of Charlie in case anyone who knew Charlie the Trumpeter Swan minds me using that name...? If anyone does mind me using the name Charlie for the Trumpeter Swan Sculpture I am working on, please comment here & I will get it...I will then maybe use Chichi , because Charlie had 30 cygnets...(& Japanese sounds nice)...


  There is one more part of the Charlie the Trumpeter Swan story that you might not know about...Brace yourselves, cover your ears if you don't want to feel sadness...
  The bulk of the memorial is further down in this blog post...Here is the missing link that Joseph & I can add to the mystery of what happened to Charlie...This was not an accident actually...There are other players involved, & one in particular, a Northern Pike, often referred to in California as a slough Shark...
  You see in Canada we don't think of pike as being part of the shark family...The cold climate makes them pretty harmless...But pretty harmless doesn't mean entirely harmless, does it? No...
  Ok, here we go...
  Hamlet & Ophelia lived at Bluffers Park on the side of the Bay that the public can access...I was told they stayed all year round for the entire winter too, of 2009...Yes, 2009...
  So, Hamlet & Ophelia didn't migrate south to the States in 2009...Nor did they join the ranks of their brethren at Lasalle Park in Burlington...They stayed...In slightly colder water up at Bluffers Park in Scarborough right on Lake Ontario...
  I heard about this from the giant aquarium store lady on Danforth west of Brimley...I went in to examine her fish food...Tasted a piece(my Dad, the doctor, taught me to taste the food I might give to animals first...love you Daddy)...Fish food is made of fish...I tasted the stuff from the most expensive brand- it was full of mercury & GMO grains...Her fish were dying...A sad snowflake display of dead angel fish was underwater in an aquarium...I asked her to remove them...She did...It was real early in the morning so she had just arrived to find her angelfish like that-one or two were swimming still...I couldn't bear to look at the live ones, looking at the dead ones...The place was beautiful, but obviously the imported from Australia, germany, pricey food she was feeding was no good despite her valiant efforts...Nice lady...Nice place...Anyways, here is an idea- not all fish are carnivorous...If you feed fish food that contains fish to all your fish that will make them carnivorous...She said that is what they feed at fish farms...Fish to fish...Some Canadian brand- also fish for fish...
  Ok, so this all happened afteer something else happened, but now I was putting it together...If you raise say a northern pike on a fish farm, feeding it fish, then you release that fish, to sport fish it, or just re-stock Lake Ontario, then you are releasing a carnivorous fish into Lake Ontario...Ok, got that? Ok, let's move on...
  If that pike/slough shark is now in Lake Ontario & has been hand fed so to speak its dinner from a fish farmer, then how is it going to eat in Lake Ontario? Um...Will it know how to feed itself? Hmmm...Second nature? Ok, now say it figures out how to get food, even though it has been released far from its birthplace (the fish farm pond)- can you guarantee shelter, food source, family, friends, a school, to that young or baby pike? Um, sorry can't hear you?
  Ok, so now you have a voraciously hungry carnivorous fish without sense of family or habitat or feeding spots or school who is roaming around starving...What happens? 
  Simple...& this gets sad...
  The hungry starving pike will eat a baby waterbird...
  This is what happened, as I gather information together...(I am sewing from strings here so bear with me & of course grain of salt & it could all be just a fabricated quilt but anyways for the sake of peace of mind, here we go...again...)
  Hamlet & Ophelia had two tiny cygnets...Cygnets are baby Trumpeter Swans...Looks like a boy & a girl...Tiny...Why tiny? Well, Hamlet & Ophelia wintered at Bluffers, so they nested late, everything late, & babies were born way way later than normal, well, what's normal in Nature? 
  It was around November 10, 2010 I think...That this all happened...I am surmising...
  Hamlet & Ophelia were crossing Bluffers bay with their too tiny young cygnets who were very very young, but nevertheless trying to swim across the Bay with their parents...They were all crossing because on the north side is where the public can bring food to them, on the sloops...(A sloop is a slope where you can lay your boat into the water from your car hitch trailer thingy- it's like a slip but sloped)...
  There are three sloops...The last sloop is soft not cement...That's a nicer place to feed them in winter 'cause the ground is earth...
  back to the story...
  While the family was crossing, a Northern Pike came up & grabbed the tiny male baby cygnet in its mouth & tried to swallow it as quickly as possible...A Northern Pike/slough shark , like all sharks, will hide in the shadows for hours at a time preparing to swoop up & grab prey in a few bitter seconds of triumph...
   The other tiny baby Trumpeter Swan cygnet ran (swam) as fast as she could the hundreds of yards of rushing lake water to the dirt sloop, for safety...When she got there, she got onto land, & ran further up the sloop in fear & terror...She died there quickly of exhaustion & her heart stopped from the over exertion...
  Mom & Dad freaked...Called all the trumpeter Swans to chase the Northern Pike who was traveling fast west ...with the baby boy swan in his mouth...

  The Trumpeters chased the pike...Past Ashbridge's Bay, past Tommy Thomson Park, all the way to the bottom of Ellis Avenue where breakers are out far to make the water stiller near the shore...The pike was tired, slowed down, stopped by the breakers, trapped...Tried to swallow the cygnet in its mouth...Argh too big...
  The horde of Trumpeters who had given chase descended on the trapped pike...They surround him in the water, swimming...Then they started to dunk with their heads in the water...What was happening underwater was this...
  They were poking poking poking poking poking poking at the Pike...Ripping tearing his flesh...
  When we found the pike laying on the shore of the beach at Ellis Avenue, the whole middle part of its body was exposed clear to the spine...Its mouth was wide open with its enormous shiny teeth for all to see...A dentist's pride...Stuffed clearly in its gills was a giant lump of grey white fluff...The baby boy cygnet belonging to Hamlet & Ophelia...
  The pike's shark fin showed the beachcombers what they were looking at...Joseph & I gave the freeze dried yellow corn from Nuts Online that we had ordered in bulk to feed Trumpeter Swans in Burlington, for Joseph's birthday (my present to him)- we gave two of the bags to an old lady & an old man who we spoke to who were sitting looking at the Northern Pike & the Swans, trying to reconcile what had happened...They said they would feed the seagulls, but they stuffed the delicious dried corn into their mouths quickly from hunger & Joseph & I decided it was ok to feed people too sometimes, as long as they were waterbird friendly people...
  Later, back on the other side of Bluffers, the private side, Charlie got wind of the story...Charlie knew the Pike had a wife who lived at Bluffers & Charlie the Trumpeter Swan knew where...
  Charlie found someone's fishing line with a hook still attached & put it through his wing to better hold the line & then with the hook through his wing, he then embedded the fishing hook deep into his knee as bait...
  "Come here you sucker" Charlie screamed to the Northern Pike's wife, "Come here" "& get me, I got diinner"...He said crazily...(crazy like a fox)...
  Charlie was using his own knee to bait the shark...
  & that is how the people at Bluffers marina came to find Charlie with a hook deeply embedded in his knee...
  Charlie was put to sleep at Toronto Wildlife centre on Nov. 10, 2011- I heard...
  I did not know him personally , I don't think...Others did...Joseph & I were just observers to all of this...We are artists both & we see & hear & listen & see some more, sometimes smell, a story, & then we tell people, through art, or music or painting or a book or through word of mouth...
  We really were casual onlookers at that time... Just excited to find swans nearby & wanting to get close to them...I did a painting called Tempesta about a family of four Mute Swans (yellow beak- young Mutes have black beak which turn yellow- & the young mutes are also a warm fluffy brown in colour- brown like beige more)...
  & that is the part of the story that you didn't know...The part that you did is below, further down in this blog post...
  & that is why I was thinking to name the sculpture that I am working on "Charlie"...
written by Sari Grove today, March 5, 2011, Saturday, & the temperature at Bluffers Park is warm & the water is wet & the Trumpeter Swans are all there & you can go feed them wild bird seed if you like...Please do...& tell them a story...They like stories...Do you?




http://www.gyst-ink.com/ Karen Atkinson & Gyst: a place of solace for artists...
http://www.thomashager.com/ Florida area fine art & photography Thomas Hager! (eco feel)...

I'm shy to use Winterstone, partly because of the need for fibre glass or fibre glass mesh for stability, plus the need for acrylic sealer to weatherproof means an extra step, extra money & fumes...& I'm not sure that an non-integral sealer applied by me would be sufficient for our weather...So-I apologize to this Canadian invention, but I went south of the border...
2) My free trial is over... Metaphorically... Time to start paying some of my online sources for their wares...You should too...(you know, the free advice you get from blogs but didn't buy the book yet?)
 The Apoxie Sculpt Super White cures in an hour & cures fully in 24...Then it is weatherproof...Made by Aves Studio, retailed here in Ontario by Sculpture Supply Canada on Munster avenue (I just like saying Munster)... Aves Studio is in Wisconsin home of cheese, if you like cheese & I love cheese...
Jadzia, like Belanna, likes to draw pictures in her food...This is what I found this evening in her dry food dish...I think it looks like a toy airplane, for the life of me I don't know where she saw this image...p.s. these are the kind of brains you get when you don't spay your bengal cats...It's been a long road, but with the help of Balance from Phytopet in their daily food for the past 6 years, we have been able to keep them both intact...It is a joy, they are both so smart...


http://thedominoproject.com/_/PoketheBox_Workbook.pdf This is a link to Seth Godin's free workbook pdf file to accompany his brand new book Poke the Box, which for those who have forgotten or didn't know, refers abstractly to "thinking outside the box"... You are to infer that by poking the box, I presume, is like calling up your local marina & telling them that kayaks look like swans & that is why swans may get territorial about kayaks- so, could they make their kayaks blue or green or purple or pink, just not white? That is a way to poke the box...(my example)...

Charlie Nov. 10, 2010


The person of the month is Kelly Six http://www.artwanted.com/artist.cfm?artid=5457 If you Google the name Kelly Six you can see better her works of art, & about what she does...I am a member of an Art Business group on LinkedIn & I recommend artists join, if only to read Kelly Six's recent comments about how it is illegal for an artist to pay fees to be judged at entry...This btw is entirely & completely true, & Kelly Six got $250,000.00 in damages for being rejected from a juried show to which she had paid an entry fee...But get it from the horse's mouth on LinkedIn's ArtBiz group...Oh, & membership is free...

9:47 am Eastern Time I am posting...This is Day 3 of the laying on of sculpting material onto the armature...Today I did the left wing, which is the right side of this photo...I have edited this photo by adding a tiny yellow wing tag to the wing...The tag says "Charlie Nov 2010"...Charlie was a Trumpeter swan who died at Bluffers Park on Nov 10, 2010... Charlie's first wife was killed by a woman kayaker, with her paddle...The woman said she was scared of Charlie's wife...So she killed the Trumpeter swan... Charlie eventually took a second wife whose name is Jet...I am told that Charlie sired 30 cygnets...Jet is still alive & still lives in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada...As do her children who I have been told I have been feeding weekly through winter...I did not meet Charlie before he died...At least not knowingly...I was also told that Charlie got a fishing hook through his wing & buried then into his knee... People took him to Toronto Wildlife Centre who put him to sleep...Some people say that the wound was not life threatening, & why did he have to die? Some say he had too much nerve damage in his knee from this fishing hook...The illegal method of fishing that was used is called "Jigging"...From what I hear there is no red & white bouncing float to show a swan that there is a fishing line in the water, so that is how the line could be missed...When you put a red & white float on your line then swans can see the red & white bob & avoid the location...I wonder if there is an aviary in Scarborough who could have rehabbed Charlie in winter? An indoor warmed pond maybe? I am not sure that I am going to title this work of art "Charlie Nov 10, 2010" or just "Charlie", probably just Charlie...But I may first have to get permission from those who actually knew him...Sometimes someone not so close to the problem can talk about it better, though I tear up too, even at my distance...I guess this is a time to talk about people named Charlie...This Charlie Sheen thing & all...I wonder if Charlie Sheen also was hurt like Charlie the Trumpeter Swan... Sometimes life is sad...To Charlie (raise a toast & put your sails at half mast on Nov. 10 every year for Charlie the Trumpeter Swan)...apparently he liked coffee...
Oh, I forgot to mention... Last summer, 2010, another woman kayaker complained that Charlie was attacking her kayak... You see, ever since Charlie's first wife was murdered by that first woman kayaker, Charlie had a thing for kayaks...You might understand his hatred for them...So another woman, in a kayak, got scared & complained to Bluffers Park Marina, Or Bluffers Park Yacht Club,  or the other yacht club there, or maybe to the Scarborough Sailing Club who lets people use their kayaks for a paltry 398 dollar a year fee...Or something like that...Anyways the woman complained... Apparently she complained so much that one day last summer someone came & cut Charlie's feathers so he couldn't fly... Charlie couldn't fly... A bird... A waterbird... A bird was not allowed to fly...A bird living outside surviving as best he could was not allowed to fly... Charlie didn't live on private property...He didn't live in a swan house, no butlers bringing him fresh straw for bedding, or water reeds to build his nest, or a pre-fab beaver lodge condo made for Charlie & his family, no...Charlie lived on Lake Ontario which is cold...Charlie didn't migrate south in winter...From November to April temperatures can always be below Celsius or not...This February 2010 the entire bay froze & all the swans had to move a little west to the unprotected raging open waters, where the shore had no beach merely rocky groynes (put to prevent erosion...)
So when Charlie got snagged by the fishing line & hook, he couldn't fly...He did not have the use of his wings... Meaning when he got nerve damage to his knee that was more severe than if he still had wing ability...He could still swim to rehab, maybe, but I'm guessing the Toronto Wildlife centre does not have an indoor lake that is heated...I know an indoor lake was created for the G20 Summit here... For politicians who weren't going to be swimming...I'm guessing those politicians would like to donate funds to The Toronto Wildlife Centre to have them build an indoor heated lake for our Trumpeter Swans who need medical attention...As restitution for the damage they caused to our city for their useless veal eating hand wagging trophy wife or husband showing off fashion show & travelling bawdy circus with their Planet of the Apes guards who littered our city with their ugliness & fascism...I would like to see a donation from the international community to The Toronto Wildlife Centre to build an indoor heated lake for Trumpeter Swans & other injured waterbirds... In memory of Charlie the Trumpeter Swan... How about you? Will you give some money today to the Toronto Wildlife Centre? No? Fine...I didn't think so... Then I suggest a ban on kayaks at Bluffers Park to enable that park to be more swan friendly to Charlie's children...I also suggest that anyone choosing to use a kayak anywhere in Canada be forced to take a waterbird course before being allowed to go out in open waters...A signed assurance that says that the kayaker is the intruder in cases of swan human conflict & is responsible for leaving the water if found disturbing wildlife...




Day 2 progress, added a wing, reinforced behind the neck...The head now stands alone without support! yay!  Thursday March 3, 2011 12:58 pm Eastern Standard Time...(The Apoxie Sculpt Super White defrosted a bit more overnight, & though a bit hard, I was able to just add 1/4 cup hot water to it, instead of soaking tubs in boiled water- it was harder to sludge it together, but I was lazy to defrost it in a pot today...It had arrived frozen from overnighting in a UPS truck & was too hard to work without thawing in the tubs in a pot in hot water first...Big anxiety for me btw. Got help from L--- & Y------, thankfully, at the retailer & at the manufacturer...grateful...

& also to detract other waterbirds...(Toronto Region Conservation Authority said that in order to get a permit to deploy my artificial nests for Trumpeter Swans ( a woven sisal design), that Canada Geese, Mute Swans or other waterbirds may not use the nests...I didn't like the suggestion that a wildlife professional harass those other waterbirds if found sitting on the Trumpeter nest, mainly because it is illegal in Canada to harass a waterbird (or also to tamper with eggs...) ironically, though it is illegal to harass or mess with eggs, the government themselves are actually the worst criminals when it comes to these crimes...Weird eh when government commits crimes that others are not??? The Conservation Authority Suggested the harassment of Canada geese as a viable solution...!!!??? I mean...What's the point of making laws if the government considers itself above its own laws?

  So I decided to make a giant outdoor Trumpeter swan decoy, to both attract Trumpeters specifically & to detract others...Canada Geese & Mute Swans don't hang out where Trumpeters are...I think this is a more gentle solution, although to be honest I wouldn't mind if other birds chose to try out one of my nests...Mother Nature knows what it is doing...But I can't get a permit if I don't at least fulfill some of the hoop jumping...(To be honest I am considering doing all of this only on private property, since I am annoyed at red tape, just, well, always...)

  This is Day 1 work on the sculpting part with Apoxie Sculpt Super White made by Aves Studio & retailed here in Toronto by Sculpture Supply Canada on Munster Avenue...
  What you are seeing is 4 lbs of Apoxie Sculpt...
  Notes: If your Apoxie Sculpt Super White arrives frozen from sitting overnight in a UPS truck, it may be rock hard, not putty-like as it should be...Here is what you do: Take both tubs A & B & put in a pot with some very very hot water & let sit for 5 minutes...With some gloves scoop out the material into a foil pan & add 1/4 cup hot water to the mounds & start kneading it all together...It will return to putty texture & you can start work right away...Caution: Know this- heat speeds up cure time, so don't overdo the sitting in hot water...Also, adding too much water at the end will make it too mushy...Moderation is key...

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