The Guardian Birds were made for an exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey in 2017-18. They are double headed eagles who were originally symbolic of protection (before being used as symbols of patriotism by different countries)
My Guardian Birds look after the precious relics that were apparently in abundance in the Abbey during the Medieval ages before the reformation.
The relics I have made are mostly playful analogies, comparing the Catholic tradition of the veneration of relics with modern day trends and culture and of souvenir gifts.
The Guardian Bird of King Arthur’s Relics holds the bone of King Arthur that was believed to be found by monks at the abbey. Around the end of the bone the words read “King Arthur” analogous with a souvenir stick of rock.
(cement structure, gold leaf glass, hand-gilded glass, gilded edges and back of wings, stained glass, Vintage rhinestones, shell rounds, hand painted eyes, glass beads, wire,marble, stained glass, vintage glass tile, millefiori, gold lipped oyster shell )
370mm(w) x 450mm (h)