Copper Tritscheller (b. 1956) is a bronze sculptor living and working in Florida. Drawn to what she considers "misunderstood" animals, much of Tritscheller's work centers around burros and bats. As a pack animal, the burro, or donkey, has been the backbone in building most civilizations. By carrying loads greater than themselves, they have made moving, building, and creating possible, and yet society has undervalued them and reduced them to a stereotype. Similarly, bats are responsible for most of the fruit we enjoy today. They help control the bug population and in return, society is rapidly destroying their natural habitats and have branded them all as rabies carriers. Tritscheller firmly believes that society owes these animals thanks and respect.
Tritscheller’s works are playful and endearing. She often morphs human aspects into each animal to provide context and relatability. Tritscheller’s body of work has gained an international following and she can be found in galleries around the US, China, and Taiwan.