"The Doves Who Bring Ambrosia to the Gods" 2016
Made with a mixture of materials including stained glass, smalti, gold leaf glass and my own metal leaf glass. Copper wire feet.
The doves are built onto plywood and have a three dimensional front wing and body.
Approx 33 cm from beak to tail and the front wing is 29cm long.
The doves are mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. It’s in the beginning of the section where Circe tells Odysseus how to escape from the House of Hades. She tells him how he must avoid the sirens song, then goes on to mention the overhanging and very high rocks that the gods call the Wanderers. She says …
“Here not even a bird may pass, no, not even the timid doves that bring ambrosia to Zeus, but the sheer rock always carries off one of them, and Zeus has to send another to make up their number…”.
My doves went on an odyssey to Athens and Mykonos to take the ambrosia whilst being part of a mosaic exhibition. Now they have returned to me in Somerset, UK, to roost for a while until someone decides to look after them in their home.
They prefer to live indoors as it is warmer and would grace your walls and bring you ambrosia! (The ambrosia is my handmade bees and flowers but they can bring you a tin of ambrosia creamed rice if you prefer!)