I haven't seen a Cygnus Atratus /Black Swan since they live in Australia. Some economists described the Great Recession of 2008 as "A Black Swan Occurrence", meaning a very rare confluence of events. It sounded much more romantic and intriguing than the actual event.
16" dia., 2010:
"Smart Planet" is a visual plea for the world to regain its respect for Science and allow scientists, the modern alchemists to continue their efforts to salvage and regain the value of our resources that, hopefully, may restore that which we inhabitants have not yet destroyed.
"Mother Nature", 2010, 17x21x2", porcelain, wood, gold leaf.
Mother Nature is a pro science admonition to those who would choose to ignore logic. A reminder of the delicate beauty and bounty at risk -- for short term financial gain.