This piece was commissioned by the Michigan Transcriber’s Fund and the Kalamazoo Institute of Art as a permanent piece in the KIA’s Touch Art Program. It was dedicated on December 2, 2014.
How to Touch
Note that while viewing Kluane by touch, using only a single fingertip or two is not sufficient to determine its characteristics. Instead, use the following guidelines for viewing art by touch:
- Try determining overall form or shape by using the palms and fingers of both hands to softly follow the gross or overall shape of the eagle or bear.
- Texture can be identified and enjoyed by using a very light touch with a single finger, a palm, the back of one’s fingers, or even the forearm
Try to determine the surface temperature differences between the wood, the polished antler, the unpolished antler, and the stone by using fingertips, your inner forearm or cheek
The sounds produced by touching or even using a knuckle to tap on the three different materials will provide you yet another way to enjoy a dimensional piece of art.
This piece is in the permanent collection of the the Kalamazoo Institute of Art’s “touch Art Collection.”