"Recovery"

On your right you will see a magnificent 12-foot high wing sculpture titled “Recovery” by renowned South Carolina sculptor, Grainger McKoy (b. 1947). This sculpture is a gift of Edith Robb Dixon.

Grainger McKoy has distinguished himself as one of America’s premier woodcarvers. He is known for his masterful, intricately carved and highly realistic depictions of birds, often in flight, and often in dazzlingly complex compositions. “Recovery,” created for his first outdoor installation, was originally carved in wood and then cast in stainless steel. It represents the right wing of a pintail duck in its recovery stroke, its most graceful yet weakest wing position as it produces neither lift nor forward momentum, but is necessary to propel the bird forward. As McKoy states, “all of us are in recovery somewhere in our lives.” This is the second in his small edition of “Recovery,” the first resides at Swan Lake Iris Gardens in Sumter, South Carolina.