Bird in Space (L’Oiseau dans l’espace) is a series of sculptures by Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. The original work was created in 1923. In the Bird in Space works, Brâncuși concentrated not on the physical attributes of the bird, but instead on its movement. The bird’s wings and feathers are eliminated, the swell of the body is elongated, and the head and beak are reduced to a slanted oval plane.
Seven of the sculptures in the series are made of marble, while the other nine were cast in bronze. The first and best known of the series is housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, while two bronze casts reside in that city’s Museum of Modern Art. Two versions of the sculpture, one bronze and one marble , are housed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A 1926 bronze is on display at the Seattle Art Museum. Two more bronze casts are on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and a bronze cast is housed at the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California. Another bronze of unknown casting date resides in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra owns two marbles, one white and one black.
It was sold in 2005 for $27.5 million, at the time a record price for a sculpture sold in an auction. The original title in Romanian is Pasărea în văzduh.