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Elephants, Dragon and Gold-Digging Ants

feature in this Mural produced for the British Library exhibition Encounters between Art and Science, 24 February - 24 March 2013, curated by Dr. Johanna Kieniewicz.


The mural is a response to the British Library's online catalogue of medieval bestiaries: Books of Beasts in the British Library: The Medieval Bestiary and its Context.  Measuring 100cm X 200cm and printed on adhesive vinyl, it was conceived as a temporary installation in the lower-ground floor, along with the attendant decal istalled in an architectural feature near the first-floor lifts.


The images were created using digital media, and illustrate  some of the myths that were associated with the sources of pigments used in the production of Medieval manuscripts.


The Mural illustrates the alleged sources of two important historical pigments: Dragonsblood and Powdered Gold. Dragonsblood is in fact the resin of a tree from Soqotra, but was thought to come from India, being 'the mingled gore of a dragon and an elephant' engaged in a titanic battle. The powdered gold was thought to be dug up from the desert sands by giant man-eating ants.

The Round vignette shows birds seeking refuge from the jaws of a dragon in the legendary Peridens Tree.  


Elephants in the British Library

Click on the link below to read my blog post about the installation.