The children of John and Phyllis Smale commissioned this piece to commemorate their parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary. (He was the former CEO of Procter & Gamble and then, General Motors.) The Canada geese symbolize being mated for life, taking long journeys together, and of course, Canada, the Smale's homeland. The birds' overlapping wings become one in the composition to convey their unity. The base forms an upward spiral, a symbol of eternity. The etched lines from the base carry over onto the wings, their crisscrossing further uniting the individual birds. The three casts of this piece are: near the intersection of Fifth and Sentinel Streets, and Smale Riverfront Park, both in Cincinnati; and in a private collection in Georgian Bay, Canada. Each is mounted on a four-foot tall granite base.
4 x 2 x 2 feet plus 4 foot granite base. Small version: 24 x 9 x 9 inches with plinth.