Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Many contemporary representations of unicorns are as squat, bloated, ponies or extravagantly-maned, improbably-coloured thoroughbreds. It's a ghastly way to treat a mythical creature. I conjured up this unicorn from three sources: the horn is a microscopic Radiolaria shell from the deep seas near Barbados, the body I adapted from a deer found on a fragment of stone in Scotland (reconstructed in George Bain's magnificent book, Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction), and the tail ends with an Aldine leaf, as many good tales do.

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