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Recovery - Grainger McKoy

For some, the fascination with birds takes a hold of us as-tight-as-a-tick when we are children and never lets go. And, for some, our vocation also takes a hold of us at an early age and we have little to say about it. This was the case for a young Grainger McKoy. He had the natural curiosity of most children who are allowed to play and explore outdoors. And, as a young boy, Grainger took a knife to wood and he has never stopped carving.

McKoy's artistry has been compared to that of such notables as Mark Catesby and John James Audubon. Both, though not native to South Carolina, traveled here in previous centuries drawing and painting birds from nature. Their works still hold the standard of the artistry of bird drawings and paintings. Grainger McKoy’s work has been compared to these masters of art with one except, Grainger carves birds for a living. His talent is sculpting these amazing creatures, one feather at a time. His magnificent works of art catch birds in flight and seem to defy gravity. His artistry has no contemporaries.

He has recently taken on a new challenge. It is larger than anything he has done before. Like all his creations, it starts by carving from wood but this will be just one wing…12 feet tall… made of stainless steel.

This documentary, produced by the ETV Sumter station, tells the story of the journey from a life-size wood model, created one feather at a time, to the stainless steel 12 foot high Recovery wing sculpture.  This latest work by this world-renowned artist is located at Swan Lake in Sumter, South Carolina. This magnificent piece was commissioned by The City of Sumter and is on display for public viewing.


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