Sabina Savage

Temple of Pegasus, 90cm silk, Citrus



The goddess, grey-eyed Athene constructs a glorious temple on Mount Helicon to honor lion-hearted Pegasus. He lays down the golden bridle bestowed upon hi, and this relinquishes his duty. The temple is richly decorated with exquisitely painted amphora recounting Pegasus’ victory over the monstrous Chimera, but the ox-eyed lady Hera illustrates the duality of the gods by filling the faces with deadly blooms, hemlock and aconite; a sign to respect the sacred monument. And so, Pegasus, son of Poseidon, strikes his hoof to the parched ears and a spring of clear water gushes forth, filling the empty vessels. 

 Measuring 90cm sq. (appr. 35" sq), 100% silk with rolled, dry clean only.

 Mythos: an Odyssean fable of courage and bravery; an acknowledgment of alternative heroes. 

Zeus sits atop Mount Olympus, watching the mortals below like we watch television. When a sonneteer at Delphi catches his attention he is summoned to Mount Olympus to entertain Zeus. Ultimately though, Zeus is unsatisfied with the sonneteers tales - each story of “bravery” is really about a man and his violence. Zeus demands the sonneteer tell a story of true bravery. Taking a moment to regroup, the sonneteer tells each story from a different perspective, that of the animal companions of these Greek heroes. These stories are Greek, and therefore tragic, with each story ending with the animal dying in an act of selfless courage for its human companion. Zeus is so touched by these stories of these creatures and bravery, that he deifies each, inviting them to enjoy immortality with him at Mount Olympus, and as we know them today as constellation in the heavens.