Banff was inspired by the Black-tailed Deer, a Pacific Northwestern subspecies of Mule Deer, so called because of their large ears. They don't run as other deer, but have a particular leap that brings all four legs together and lets the animals cover a distance of up to 24 feet at a time. They can reach speeds of up to 45 miles an hour, and the males shed and re-grow their antlers every year. The antlers are shed during winter, and a new pair of antlers grows by the end of summer. Each year they grow bigger, and develop new branches. Black-tailed deer prefer mountainous habitats, and typically spend their entire lives in an area of under 3 square miles. Does and their fawns live in small groups under the leadership of the oldest doe. Males leave around the age of 18 months old, and form their own groups in summer seasons. Currently there are no concerns for the conservation of black-tailed deer; their population numbers are stable.
2nd Place Prize for sculpture award,
Blue Lily of Florence Cultural Association
16 1/2 x 18 3/4 x 11"
42 x 48 x 28 cm
up-cycled materials, varnish glue