The Tigers of Wrath?

True, they look more like lionesses. I stumbled on this in Green-Wood recently. It’s on the backside of the tombstone for Leon Golub and Nancy Spero, twentieth century artists. I just happened to be passing.

Green-Wood has more real animals than artistic representations of them. This is one of the most notable:This bear marks the gravesite of William H. Beard, a 19th century artist famed for, well, his dancing bears and the “bull and bears” for the sharks of Wall Street. This metal beast was a tribute by Dan Ostermiller and dates to 2002. Can’t say I like it.Meanwhile, in the shadows and rather less bear-bastic:By a strange coincidence, the ground in front of these twins was littered with white feathers. Somebody had been feasting on a “white dove,” actually a homing pigeon, a domesticated form of the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia). Captive bred for such horror shows as weddings, these birds are sitting ducks for raptors.

2 Responses to “The Tigers of Wrath?”

  1. 1 jesse.anne.o November 17, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Those dove releases are so sad. Why, people, whyyy?

    • 2 mthew November 18, 2018 at 7:07 am

      It gets worse: people release them at funerals, and,. what seems a new hideous trend, baby “gender reveal” parties, where dyed birds (pink for girls, blue for boys, originally enough) are released.

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