Reimagined Components: Real handcuff key, set of handcuffs and bird charm strung on a 22'' gunmetal chain
1888's Take: As all birds eventually do, learning how to fly is learning how to free oneself. We're born with many tools and gifts in our individual lives, such as learned behaviors from our caretakers, physical and psychological advantages from our certain species, acquired wisdom instilled in us from our ancestors... We must take these tools and use them to reach the point in which I think all species want to be... that is, to be free.
~Bird, Bird Skull~
From the early call of a farmhouse rooster, the gentle buzz of a hummingbird that seems almost out of sync with our own temporal space, to the taunting raven spoken of by author Edgar Allen Poe... The mocking mimic of a pirate’s colorful parrot, the various Venetian bird masks that are worn by participants in Italy’s carnival, and of course, the eagle and hawk feathers used in Native American traditional dress, birds are ever present in our lives. Descendants of dinosaurs, birds have ruled the sky for hundreds of millions of years. That’s much longer than we homo-sapiens have even existed. Kinda makes you think, what might they be squawking about as they watch us from their lofty perches.
A symbol of give and take. You’re either wearing them or putting them on in this life. There can be lessons to either position. I know that I have learned a lot in positions of relinquished control…metaphorically speaking of course…but the of taking control can also be empowering. In truth it’s not so much about which role you play, but whether or not you’ve obtained that pure but ever so rare type of trust with a partner.
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once in a lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure, a deep and dark secret, or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock… Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key, one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
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