Made by Julie Byrne
I made this lemur as a retirement gift for a friend of mine. This sculpture was inspired by and modeled after his favorite lemur from nearly 40 years of work at the Duke Lemur Center. It is only my second attempt at paper mache sculpture, but it sure was a fun one to do! The sculpture is approximately life-size, and I made a pattern from photos of sifakas from all sides that I had collected over the years. I mostly used the cardboard, crumpled newspaper and masking tape technique, but used foil for the more delicate areas on the face. Then used the basic clay recipe to cover it all. The twigs he is holding are from my back yard, but the flower buds are paper!