Charon's Boat 2016
by Wendy Campbell-Briggs BA Fine Art
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In Greek mythology, Charon is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead. The passengers on this trip are ash trees.
Charon's Boat was inspired by the news that the beautiful and majestic ash tree is in danger of extinction in Britain. Ash Die Back is a potentially very serious threat. It has caused widespread damage to ash populations in continental Europe, including estimated losses of between 60 and 90 per cent of Denmark's ash trees. We have no reason to believe that the consequences of its entering the natural environment in Britain would be any less serious.
There are 15 'ash trees' made from stoneware clay decorated with porcelain slip and oxides, they are mounted on a 'boat' made from a piece of oak 150 years old. Oak is a symbol of courage and power.
Stoneware, porcelain, aged Oak. Dimensions L80cm, W7cm and H47cm.