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elizabeth berrien's bbc wire sculpture illustration wins the Clio award 2008.
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Elizabeth Berrien's wire giraffes have a special realism. Her two-year artist-in-residency at Marine World/Africa USA gave her everyday access to a herd of reticuated giraffes. "Giraffes are almost as challenging as elephants - the consist almost entirely of angles. I have to find and incorporate all the essential lines and angles, and still convey the intuitive sense of 'this is Giraffe'".
giraffe wire sculpture
Silvery Giraffe #1, 1983, Berrien's first large-scale aluminum sculpture. Hand-twisting aluminum rods is a tricky process, because each line must be locked precisely in place. "There is often no option for changing one's mind - you have to get it right the first time".

Even when twisting heavy aluminum rods, Berrien uses just her bare hands and a pair of wire cutters - "no gloves, no pliers, no chicken wire!"
giraffe wire sculpture.
Silvery Giraffe, in landscape with African Elephant calf. Silvery wire sculptures look wonderful set against masses of dark shrubbery. This Elephant Calf was created at Marine World/Africa USA too - modeled after their newly arrived Misha.

Elizabeth Berrien is careful when working with heavy wire - "the pads of my thumbs and fingers are pressed between metal and bone. I have to tune that out, persuade myself the wire is made out of butter - creative denial!"
giraffe wire sculpture by Elizabeth Berrien
Red Giraffe at Hayward City Hall
Artists are prone to getting critical of early works. In Elizabeth's words: "Twenty-five years later, I kept looking at Silvery Giraffe and saying, "with what I know now, I could go in and do surgery to sharpen this, modify that, and it'd look even more like a true giraffe. Instead, I challenged myself to make a new, 14-ft galloping Giraffe, with as high a difficulty factor as possible."
red giraffe wire sculpture
Red Giraffe, at Morris Graves Museum of Art. Red Giraffe and Silvery Giraffe have been in several museums, and were included in Elizabeth Berrien's traveling exhibit of wire sculpture.
giraffe wire sculpture Desktop Giraffe Small sculptures for the office and home help bring a sense of connectedness between humans and nature.

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Giraffes Africa One | Africa Two
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elizabeth berrien's bbc cables wire sculpture illustration wins the BIG WON award for #1 Innovative and Alternative 2008.
THE BIG WON
#1 Worldwide
Alternative/Innovative
#3 Poster Campaign
#10 All Media
elizabeth berrien's bbc cables wire sculpture illustration wins the Clio award 2008.
CLIO 2008
elizabeth berrien's bbc cable wire sculpture illustration wins two coveted cannes gold lions in 2008.
Cannes Festival
Double Gold
elizabeth berrien's bbc cable wire sculpture illustration wins two coveted ADC gold cubes in 2008
ADC
Double Gold
elizabeth berrien's bbc cable wire sculpture illustration wins the coveted Obie Best of Show award 2008.
OBIE
Best of Show
elizabeth berrien's bbc cable wire sculpture illustration wins two coveted Andy gold awards 2008.
Andy Double Gold
elizabeth berrien's bbc cable wire sculpture illustration wins one show gold pencil awards 2008.
One Show Gold Pencil
elizabeth berrien's wire sculpture illustration wins double grand awards at London International Awards2008.
London International
Double Grand