This vintage designed rooster is influenced by the designs of the early 20th century. The artist took great care in making sure the rooster’s comb and wattle appear authentic by pressing texture into the metal frame. Furthermore, the artist made sure to use realistic colors and shading. Even the body and the tail feathers were pressed and cut to mimic the body of a real rooster. However, the center of the rooster deviates from the realism and merges into the nostalgic with what appears to be an envelope of an old handwritten letter. The capiz oyster shell gives an aged patina making the rooster and the letter feel like it has been around for a very long time. The letter is an artistic way of tying in a piece of the old into the new.
The basic frame of this piece is created using tin, which is powder coated with a black finish. The frame is reinforced using tin wire along the inner edge. The front of the body is adorned with capiz.
Capiz is an oyster shell and the primary purpose of the oyster is as a source of food. However, the by-product, the shell, can be used for decoration. Due to it being a natural material, the natural colors of the capiz may come through as tans and browns underneath the hand-painted surface.