Junk Mail Art: Sparkle
Sparkle is from a group of 13 mythological junk mail art pieces I did, inspired by Boria Sax’s book “Imaginary Creatures”. I picked 5 to submit to the online journal “Right Hand Pointing” (take a look, maybe you want to send in some creations of your own…and thanks to Margo Roby at Wordgathering for the heads up about this publication). I’ll be posting some of the others from time to time.
This was my very first one. As with most beginnings of ideas for me, it is not as fully realized as I think some of the later ones are, but that’s the joy of a series: take each idea and push it along. Sometimes it leads somewhere great and sometime it just leads, well, somewhere else you might not have found without it.
The unicorn’s horn, “alicorn”, is thought to be a magical amulet of protection. Popes and queens have paid high prices for alicorns, which some claim are merely narwhal tusks.
The traditional unicorn was more goat-like than the beautiful white horse usually portrayed today.
And the unicorn was the first animal named by Adam.
If you haven’t seen Charlie O’s unicorn, take a peek–it comes with some additional information about unicorns too.