Rejects from the Bat Factory by Mark Sfirri

Mark Sfirri, (b. 1952), "Rejects from the Bat Factory – Exotics", 2006, Wenge, Teak, Boxwood, Purpleheart, Curly Maple, H. 36.25 x W. 21.5 x D. 4.75, assembled, James A. Michener Art Museum. Museum purchase funded by Margaret M. Ahlum.

Craftsman and sculptor Mark Sfirri’s 2006 Rejects from the Bat Factory—Exotics wall sculpture showcases his creative approach to wood turning, as well as his masterful use of the multiaxis turning technique. In utilizing the technique of “off-center turning,” which makes individual bats appear crooked, spiraling, gouged, and eccentrically shaped, Sfirri has acknowledged that his intention is not only to humorously exploit the diverse possibilities offered by the off-center turning technique but also to make a statement about “our culture and how we sometimes prize the mistakes more than the good ones.”

See Mark Sfirri on YouTube explaining the origins and development of Rejects from the Bat Factory.