Mary Bates Neubauer, The Animal Kingdom – $18,000

This sculpture was derived from a digital scan of a small natural fossil shell-form. I felt that its sculptural and volumetric qualities would come into their own in a scaled-up version, and this bronze sculpture is the result. At its current scale it gains other meanings, and has a feeling of an alert and aware animal sensing the viewer and responding. Its expressive surface and warm glowing patina gives it a soul. In this sense, it honors the awareness of all creatures from the animal kingdom in their many manifestations and forms.