Looking at the stories Dan Burgette tells in his bird sculptures tells a lot about his personal story of being passionate about, and excited by, the natural world. And it can provide openings into how to see the natural world in fresh ways. As he explains it, the same sculpture could be made using decorative and interpretive styles. The basic location of positive and negative spaces would be the same. The basic design using circles, spirals, triangles or vertical lines would be the same. The composition that gives a feeling of balance or forward movement would be the same. But the artist would provide more information in the decorative piece. The story would be told with all of the colors, the color patterns, the size and shape of the feathers, the size and shape of the bird and its surroundings. The viewer would have all of the information provided.