In this sculpture, plaster casts of the artist's hands and, in some cases, his ears, evoke the heads of graceful swans. By conflating human features associated with the senses with a bird of symbolic stature in poetry and myth, David Altmejd conjures movement and metamorphosis. He describes the movement as that which "retracts a little, to gain energy just before throwing itself forward." The Plexiglas cases were conceived by the artist as "an invisible support to hold things - to suspend them in space." "The Vessel" also references another kind of transformation, relating to the act of artistic creation itself.