SUISUN CITY — At 10 feet tall, it’s the biggest barn owl ever dropped off at the Suisun Wildlife Rescue Center on Kellogg Street.
The large steel sculpture was donated by local artists Phillip Glashoff and son Chad Glashoff, who delivered it Tuesday afternoon to the spot where it will now greet every visitor to the center.
It will take a break from its new home in late September, when the sculpture will move temporarily to the Lawler House Gallery to be part of a Sept. 21 fundraising event for the wildlife center in conjunction with the gallery’s Touching Wild, Touching Art exhibit.
Wildlife center Executive Director Monique Liquori said she could not be happier with the newest addition to the center, which already houses more than a dozen live wild animals that the center uses in its education programs.
“This is a wonderful addition,” Liquori said. “It is quite a coup to have a Glashoff sculpture here.”
The sculpture was born last year. Chad Glashoff was walking past some of the family’s other sculptures at their home, “when I heard some noise coming from one of the sculptures.”
Closer inspection found a young barn owl, which had landed on one of the sculptures, fallen in and got one of its wings caught. Chad Glashoff brought the owl to the center, where it was cared for and released back to the wild a few weeks later.
That prompted the Glashoffs to design and build the owl sculpture from a collection of farm equipment parts, Phillip Glashoff said.
“We welcome Mother Nature to find a place in our creations,” Chad Glashoff said. “We are donating this to the center to help get the community more involved with nature and inspire people to preserve what we have.”
This is just one of several changes at the wildlife center.
Volunteers are putting the finishing touches to an education center addition that will allow the center to better host wildlife programs and classes. Workers are putting in electrical systems and painting the interior. The education addition is expected to have its grand opening this fall.
For those who can’t see the owl sculpture at the center, the fundraiser will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Lawler House Gallery, 718 Main St.
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