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Rhinoceros will be on exhibit at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center from April 23 through May 29 as part of the exhibit: Art From Detritus.


This sculpture is fabricated purely from waste material. The head is constructed of cast off building lumber glued into a solid block and carved. His fore legs are from structural posts that were buried within the artist’s house, discovered during renovation. His body is made of rough pine scraps destined to be burnt, from a mill in Stanfordville, NY, and various hardwood 4×4’s salvaged from broken pallets. Appropriately, his hind legs are portions of trees blown down in last fall’s wind storms, which could commonly be found bucked into manageable chunks and left in the ditches for the road-crew to gather and burn or mulch. There are no fasteners used in the construction of Rhinoceros, only glue.


The rhinoceros’s massive bulk, aggressive horns and singularly small brain have come to make it a suitable symbol for many contemporary issues. Though there is something to its stoic grace, speed, strength and course hide that endowed reverence to the rhino as a saintly animal by Asian mythologies. In the west the rhinoceros has been a symbol of majesty and intrigue. So seldom were these animals seen by westerners that stories of the creature livened the imaginations of painters, artists and craftspeople throughout Europe in the post–Renaissance period.





Having been employed in the building of homes since his childhood in upstate NY the artist enjoyed the physicality and scale of his work, but always took notice of the aesthetic beauty and potential – yet wastefulness of the off-cut scrap wood strewn about the muddy lots cleared from second generation forest.


Special thanks to Brian Morris, Kevin MacAvoy, Greg MacAvoy I, Bonehawk, Noah Post and Kardash Onnig.


15 Responses to Rhinocero

  1. Julia Chiesa says:

    I love the way the work is still abstracted, faceless but recognizably a Rhinoceros, familiar but new to us too. I would love to see it in the real, Awesome piece!

  2. janet trombly says:

    I agree with everything Julia has to say and love the motion in your piece. Congrats!

  3. sarah chiesa says:

    I love the fluidity of his head. When i think of the way a Rhinoceros moves, i imagine it so weighted on its feet and legs that gravity would almost cause it to be a bit clumsy. And its massive folds in his skin throughout his body. Yet you saw its head as something light and graceful. I wonder, if its entire body had a shape like your version of its head, would its movements be different?

  4. Maria Naro says:

    I saw this head in the very beginnining, and what you did to it sofar is awesome. Can’t wait to see the rest of this amazing creature.

  5. Maria Naro says:

    I saw this head at the very beginning of it’s creation, and what you did sofar is awesome. Can’t wait to see the rest of this amazing creature.

  6. mac says:

    Timeless energy is balanced with the body. The rhino is exquisite.

  7. Eileen says:

    Wow, 13×6 feet? Would love to see it full scale – is going to come to Orange County?

  8. Noah says:

    This small sample is so evocative, I desperately want to see the piece in person. Some day, maybe. Great work, Greg.

  9. Uncle Dave says:

    I like the use of old wood scraps.

  10. Cat G says:

    This is gorgeous Greg. Thoughtful, provocative, elegant and timeless. Indescribably you.

  11. pamela chiesa says:

    ……looking fore ward to seeing the drooping old sage dressed in wrinkled, mud-drenched hopsacking…the rhino and YOU on the ‘morrow

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  13. alexandra tsiatis says:

    I saw the Rhino head in life- magnificent-for me, the head alone is an amazing work of art! Its beautiful, and fluid. I felt the striations in the wood were beautifully used to enhance the ‘creature’. I could see the head displayed on a pedestal!

  14. Mary Lou Buschi says:

    These are wonderful. Are you familiar with RHINO lit mag? They look for great cover art (RHINO).