René Windig Bird
This multi-coloured bird with its head under its body is a three-dimensional execution of a cartoon by René Windig (*1950). Fictional birds seemingly play a role in cartoons (Daffy Duck), but also in an animated movie (the penguins in Madagascar) and games (Angry Bird). Windigs bird is reminiscent of Kevin, the bird that cannot fly in the film Up, released in 2009, the same year as the cartoon figure was created. The film is about two unlikely adventurers, Russell (a young explorer) and Carl (an elderly widower), who explore South America. Kevin shows their differences: while Russell wants to save Kevin, Carl abandons the bird at first, but then tries to rescue it on his own. The animated film won international acclaim because of being received as a warm-hearted and earnest. Windigs bird displays a similar warm-heartedness, arousing emotional sympathy with the bird that seems to be frightened, but still able to face its fear with open eyes. Windig is a prize-winning well-known Dutch cartoonist and designer who received international recognition early on for his drawings that are characterised by bright colours and strong lines. His cartoons are playful and absurd. Together with his artist friend, he has created parodies of classic comic figures including Donald Duck.
The international recognition of Windig can be seen by his exhibitions like the one in Barcelona (together with Joost Swarte, a contemporary comic artist from The Netherlands).
Details: 7 cm height (made of resin)