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Monday, April 25, 2011

Minotaur with Hare

This striking work of art was created by UK artist Sophie Ryder. It is made of galvanized wire standing on a ceramic base and might at first seem whimsical or maybe that the two are telling a story of love, but according to ancient folklore the two are incompatible opposites. In Greek mythology the Minotaur, often portrayed as part man and part bull, is a figure of courage and terror, while the Hare symbolizes fertility, agility, and bravery.

The "two" referred to above are the minotaur and a blue hare that stood in the hands of the Minotaur but unfortunately was stolen. The artist was flown out from England to replace the hare but sadly it was stolen again. Without the hare the effect and meaning of the sculpture is lost.

Location:Van Dusen Gardens, Vancouver BC

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