We fly together

Flocking behavior is the behavior exhibited when a group of birds, called a flock, are foraging or in flight. There are parallels with the shoaling behavior of fish, the swarming behavior of insects, and herd behavior of land animals.

Flocking also enables birds to fly further using less energy because when the strong leader bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the birds behind – each bird (except the leader) is flying in the up-wash from the wing of the bird in front. This enables the flock to use less energy and reduces fatigue.

What is the meaning of the proverb Birds of a feather flock together?

proverb is an old saying that’s considered to be wise or good advice. “Birds of a feather flock together” has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s. When applied to people, this phrase means that people who are similar to each other or share similar interests tend to spend time with each other.

This proverb has been in use since at least the mid 16th century. In 1545 William Turner used a version of it in his papist satire The Rescuing of Romish Fox:

“Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.”

The first known citation in print of the currently used English version of the phrase appeared in 1599, in The Dictionarie in Spanish and English, which was compiled by the English lexicographer John Minsheu:

Birdes of a feather will flocke togither.

The phrase also appears in Benjamin Jowett’s 1856 translation of Plato’s Republic. Clearly, if it were present in the original Greek text then, at around 380BC, Plato’s work would be a much earlier reference to it. What appears in Jowett’s version is:

Men of my age flock together; we are birds of a feather, as the old proverb says.

Plato’s text can be translated in other ways and it is safe to say it was Jowett in 1856, not Plato in 380BC, that considered the phrase to be old. The lack of any citation of it in English prior to the 16th century does tend to suggest that its literal translation wasn’t present in The Republic – a text that was widely read by English scholars of the classics well before the 16th century.

In nature, birds of a single species do in fact frequently form flocks. Ornithologists explain this behaviour as a ‘safety in numbers’ tactic to reduce the risk of predation. In language terms, it was previously more common to refer to birds flying together than flocking together and many early citations use that form, for example Philemon Holland’s translation of Livy’s Romane historie, 1600:

“As commonly birds of a feather will flye together.”


The work

Marquette size would like large to impact the sense of overwhelming mass,

material white porcelain textured giving movement to the sculpture and colour representing of peace a product of high statues and ancient traditions,

proposition- “Birdes of a feather will flocke togither” an old proverb, strength in numbers united together.

Title –  We fly together.



Starling flocks: a wild spectacle. Murmuration exaltation: a starling flock forms a fantastic acrobatic mass before roosting. Image: David Kjaer. A murmuration of starlings is an amazing sight – a swooping mass of thousands of birds whirling in the sky above your head.


Artist Marjan Wouda.

This work for me is interesting that the works surface is made from working rope cloth etc in to the clay form before it is produced also some of the work is curled up in its form this giving tension and intrigue to what this may reflect the finish in bronze is masterful and exuberant. I have thought about using more textured finish to my work but not sure if it adds to much in the way of changing its outcome from the original idea.

Interest in Charles Hadcock art.

looking at his work and seeing the proses listening to him reflecting on it made me think about the use of metal and the surface textures what could i do, respectively taking nature and turning it in to a question of form makes a strong connection in my own mind with my work and making the size more impressive this would be interesting to follow further in the how to cast something ………………

sculpture not used

this sculpture made in clay reflected movement and light but i felt moved away from abstract work in to decorative garden Ornaments state but also as i turned this on the wheely showed the movement and captured light my idea do stretch the birds cut in this may have worked unfortunately it fell of the stand after being sprayed wet to much.

scaling up making sculptures from other materials.

styrofoam high density can be sanded filled painted or even plastered in different flexible materials this will make form for me to work on but also i can use this in lost foam casting with i will be looking to do very soon I have also in some of the pictures used a out door grout that gives a stone appearance this gives the work a natural organic weight to the work and solid capture in time reflecting in its long natural life of events in nature. (see pictures below) the styrofoam alone makes me think of the impact man has on the birds and the loss of so many different colonies that was seen even where i lived as a young boy but now have gone with the loss of there natural nesting sites and being netted in migration for food, this sculpture can be made from a net set in the form of birds flight ……………