This is an interactive piece that invites the unfastening of a copper clasp to open a box covered in black cloth over board, which has been sculpted in the shape of a crow’s beak. The slim volume of Ted Hughes’s long poem Crow has been bound in a simple manner using the sewn-boards binding with a black leather spine. It is contained within a removable outer leather cover where again the boards have been sculpted in the shape of beaks. This can stand alone as a piece of sculpture or hung on a wall by the two integral loops on the back.
The false bottom of the box is revealed by lifting a small tag and the black lined interior contains an envelope with some of the material used in developing the design of the piece