Meitner works with transparency, translucence, and opacity in glass, and by covering the glass partly with metal foils, he changes its nature. In his objects with metallic elements, Meitner creates a visual tension, contrasting the light, airy, and amorphous character of glass with the light-absorbing denseness and heaviness of metal. Both metal and glass can be precious, and they can shine and sparkle, but they are profoundly different in character. This is one of a series of pieces that Meitner made while he was an artist in residence at Sars-Poteries. Although the animals are clearly symbolic, Meitner does not give them individual meanings. Rather, they represent changing aspects of the artist’s psyche.