This beautiful work of art was made entirely from shed deer antlers.
DeerandDeerHunting.com shared a picture of the masterfully crafted sculpture today via New York Antler Outdoors. Artist Tom Yacovella created the sculpture titled “Tribute to Whitetail” nearly a decade ago, but it’s currently on display at the View art center in Old Forge, N.Y.
Yacovella is passionate about collecting shed deer antlers. Prior to building “Tribute to Whitetail,” he spent more than 50 years collecting sheds. He likened the experience of finding a deer antler in the woods to discovering a Native American arrowhead.
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“I feel connected to the past,” Yacovella said in a press release. “In this case, I am connected to the antler’s original owner, a buck, two or three years old or perhaps older.”
After years of collecting sheds, Yacovella had hundreds of them in his possession. He said he’s never purchased a pair and has found all of them in the wild. Yacovella decided to craft them into the form of a bedded whitetail buck in the 240-pound class. He began working on “Tribute to Whitetail” in 2001. He used every antler he had in his collection.
“The endeavor became both a passion and an obsession,” he said. “Most days I worked with the antlers. Even when I wasn’t, I was at the very least thinking about their placement.”
The result of Yacovella’s labor is stunning. “Tribute to Whitetail” captures both the form and small nuances of a large whitetail buck. The sculpture is 61-inches long, 26-inches wide, 41-inches tall and weighs 60 pounds.
“Tribute to Whitetail” is on display until 2015 at the View art center in Old Forge, N.Y.