Artist Transforms Foliage Into Adorable Topiary Sculpture of a Sleeping Baby Bird

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If you happen to find yourself in Nantes, France, be sure to head to Jardin des Plantes, a large botanical garden. There, you'll find this adorable topiary sculpture titled Poussin endormi (Sleepy Chick) by French artist and children's book author Claude Ponti. It features a larger-than-life baby bird whose relaxed pose looks like it's in the middle of a nap.

The delightful work showcases Ponti's great skill in crafting a topiary. He makes evenly textured, rounded forms that are punctuated with metal details like long, thin legs and a bright yellow beak. There are even tiny eyelashes that dot the bird's closed eyes!

French artist Claude Ponti transformed foliage into an adorable sculpture of a sleeping baby bird called Poussin endormi (or Sleepy Chick).

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There are also other birds that have fallen asleep in all different positions throughout the gardens.

Jardin des Plantes: Website
h/t: [Laughing Squid]

This article has been edited and updated.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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