Cranes quickly adapt to human contact. In order to successfully raise cranes in captivity humans dress in similar costumes so that the chicks will imprint on the costume and except the character as a parent. This technique is necessary to insure the proper upraising of young cranes in preparation for their release into the wild. The artist therefore created a costume that covers the human form, with additional hood and mask to disguise the face. This form of camouflage is equipped with wooden or paper maché crane heads employed to feed the young birds, and to encourage them to fly, mate, and migrate.
You Live and Do Me No Harm2011Kranich Museum
2011Ed.: Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll