I Found It

by Sarah Bernotas

Design Statement

The original idea kept changing for this spire until I “found” the design I needed. The full title is an avian version of a well-known quote by Michelangelo, “Every piece of wood has a birdhouse inside it and it is the task of the bird to discover it.” The title would not fit on the plaque, so it was simplified to, “I found it!” The full title is printed on the back side of the spire.

This piece took hours of perilous wood turning, cutting with a chainsaw and reassembly. The bird is also turned from a piece of the ash spire, and its beak is turned aluminum.

Materials:  Aluminum steel fasteners; black, white and clear lacquer paint; red nail polish; Emtech water sealant over boiled linseed oil finish.

Dimensions: 8″ x 8″ x 87″

Map/Spire Number: 45

Location: Hopewell Museum

Address: 28 East Broad Street, Hopewell NJ

About the Artist

About the Artist

Sarah Bernotas is a full-time Visual Art teacher at The Bridge Academy and a freelance Art Therapist with a focus on wellness and Mandala. In her free time, she works with multiple media, including woodturning and watercolor.



Bernotas Full Spire
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Artistic Accolades:

“This skilled woodworker captured the essence of it’s quote…bringing forth power and grandeur, gentility and harmony.”