Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The spooky eyes have it

'Watching The Washlands' - sculpture by Hattie Coppard

This rather spooky piece of art appears to be watching one through very beady eyes - but then that's what the artist Hattie Coppard wanted us to think.  The piece is called 'Watching The Washlands', and overlooks Andressey Island, the little piece of land in the middle of the River Trent at Burton.

The eyes idea is reinforced by the legends of Saint Modwen whose hermitage was on the hills opposite. St Modwen was famous for miraculously curing diseases of the eye.

Whether this is a reassuring piece of work though, I'm not so sure.  It's a little disturbing to come across it on a grey day.

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