Whence the Bohemian Grove owl?

I met a nice young man yesterday, and we struck up a conversation about many things. Among them was a question he posed which my best google-fu has been unable to answer: What is the provenance of the 40-foot owl statue at the Bohemian Grove?

One would think that such a remarkable work of art should be readily attributable to a known artist or at least a donor.

According to Wiki

Since the founding of the club, the Bohemian Grove’s mascot has been an owl, symbolizing knowledge. A 40-foot (12 m) hollow owl statue made of concrete over steel supports stands at the head of the lake in the Grove; this Owl Shrine was designed by sculptor and two-time club president Haig Patigian, and built in the 1920s. Since 1929, the Owl Shrine has served as the backdrop of the yearly Cremation of Care ceremony.

Mr. Patigian in front of his owl.

Oh, how embarrassing … I read the wiki page, but not carefully enough I guess.

Ignorance fought! Thanks folks!

According to his Wikipedia page, here are some of his works:

He seems to have been a classical realist sculptor, but the Owl looks kinda abstract.

I have it!

The Bohemian Grove Owl is the original inspiration for Batman!


Hey! I wonder if the Bohemian Club has anything to do with the Court of Owls?

Patigian should have gone with a ptarmigan, IMHO.

Birds known for hiding, via their lovely plumage.