Cyclura Cornuta. Not simply a depiction of a species, “Caribbean Queen” is also a portrait of a specific, strikingly beautiful female Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta.) The Cyclura cornuta is an endangered species of ground iguana native to the Caribbean Islands and is now only found on Hispanola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) and a few surrounding islands. Rhinoceros iguanas are large, heavy-bodied reptiles characterized by the growth of prominent tubercles on their snouts resembling a rhinoceros’s horn. Curious and intelligent, these gregarious lizards appear to have a sophisticated social structure and ability to communicate through patterned head bobs and gaping. Observing and interacting with these animals for the creation of this sculpture was a truly eye-opening and perception-changing experience, and I hope that I have captured both the beauty and playful personality of this incredible creature.
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