BIRDHOUSEholecan, 1980. Cast steel, 13 1/2' x 28' x 10'4", 28" x 74".
Chapman College, Orange, CA, in conjunction with L.A. Institute of Contemporary Art "Architectural Sculpture" exhibition.
(catalogue) "BIRDHOUSE appears to be very open but is, in fact, cagelike, psychologically rather than physically trapping the viewer. By contrast, although holecan appears to be very claustrophobic and coffinlike, ample light and air enter through seven hundred small holes that map the bodies of twenty-five of Shelton's family members. Shelton's forms refer to skeleton and skin, further stressing the intimate relationship between his sculptures and the body."