First Light is a bronze sculpture of a hornet’s nest. In Harvey’s words, “The hornet’s nest is a poetry of opposites—order and chaos, fascination and fear—a natural symphony of fragile beauty.” In addition to the nest, this piece is made up of 43 small parts, including leaves, hornets and branches. The sculptor considered this one of his most challenging pieces.
André Harvey. First Light, 1994. Bronze, 31 x 15 x 14 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer.