“Taking Flight” captures the essence and action of the beautiful Ringneck Pheasants of South Dakota. With the use of strong diagonal lines the viewer can really experience the action as the rooster takes flight with his hen close behind. The design brings the viewer into the piece as the artwork creates an implied environment. Viewers can feel the South Dakota wind rustling through the cornstalks as the Pheasants burst forward during a late fall day. Every detail was carefully researched so that the sculpture not only captures its audience at a glance, but also provides a captivating visual experience as one moves around the piece to enjoy every detail. The complex beauty of the multi-color patina enhances the glistening surface of the bronze, as it proves to be a worthy interpretation of the beauty on our breathtaking state bird.