|"I am profoundly enchanted by the flowing complexity in you." |
" Sá er enn talðr með ásum, er sumir kalla rógbera ásanna ok frumkveða flærðanna ok vömm allra goða ok manna. Sá er nefndr Loki eða Loftr [...]. Loki er fríðr ok fagr sýnum, illr í skaplyndi, mjök fjölbreytinn at háttum. Hann hafði þá speki um fram aðra menn, er slægð heitir, ok vélar til allra hluta. Hann kom ásum jafnan í fullt vandræði, ok oft leysti hann þá með vélræðum"
"Also numbered among the Æsir is he whom some call the mischief-monger of the Æsir, and the first father of falsehoods, and blemish of all gods and men: he is named Loki or Loptr [...]. Loki is beautiful and comely to look upon, evil in spirit., very fickle in habit. He surpassed other men in that wisdom which is called 'sleight,' and had artifices for all occasions; he would ever bring the Æsir into great hardships, and then get them out with crafty counsel."
~Gylfaginning, from the Prose Edda.
Marker, colored pencil, watercolor, and ink.
To clarify: In all likelihood, the sculpture will not talk back to you. I mean, it might. If it’s, like, possessed or something. If it does start talking back to you, that’s either really, really cool, or a sign that you need to get the heck out of there and contact your friendly neighborhood exorcist.
ANYway…Gray has started a fundraising page for the project and aims to raise £30,000 by September 2016 to cast the sculpture in bronze and install it. If you can spare a buck or two, send it his way via his Share A Gift account. Anything helps! We’ve got a year, so that’s plenty of time to raise the money for Keats to sit on his little bench and stare at people intensely and possibly make them uncomfortable doing so.
You can read about the effort behind the artwork and watch an interview with Gray here.
In case it wasn’t already blatantly, painfully, obnoxiously obvious, John Keats is my favorite poet and one of my favorite people in the history of ever, so I’m super stoked for this. Plus, it’s another victory for a guy who got a bum deal in life but still made the best of it with his spectacular ability to instill people with massive feels.
On a related note, I haven’t see anyone installing any new sculptures of Byron lately, so take THAT, Byron. YEAH. THAT’S RIGHT. WHERE’S YOUR CHICHESTER STATUE, YOU POMPOUS
TALENTED OKAY YES I ADMIT IT PRICK?
………Behold. My feud with a 200-year-old dead guy continues