Few birds have come to symbolise majesty and splendour like the eagle, captured by Luke Kite in root-oak and steel perched on an oak tree branch hollow.
In Celtic mythology, the eagle is traditionally seen as one of the oldest of all creatures, surpassed only by the salmon in wisdom and age. The Eagle of Gernabwy features in the Welsh Mabinogion. Golden eagles did once occur in Wales, and to hear the cries of these usually silent birds was thought to foretell a significant event, such as the birth of a great hero. A lone eagle seen on a crag was seen as a sentry, warning of the arrival of an enemy, while a pair was a symbol of peace.
This is a heavyweight piece, measuring 620mm long and 660mm tall. See the video clip in the Sculptures Gallery, on menu above.