Thursday, 2 June 2011

An Elemental Folly

This was a personal project from a few years ago. It involved several weeks of madness building and painting this slightly eccentric neo-gothic altarpiece. It was never intended for a church but rather for a sun-lit glade in a secret part of a dark European forest; to be stumbled upon by squirrels, magpies and the odd medieval travelling pilgrim.

'Elemental Folly'
Wood construction painted in oils, acrylics, enamel & metallic paint
stands 110cm tall
The doors open to reveal the internal paintings

Early construction phase:

Primed and ready for painting

The roof area with hidden compartments for the four elements: Air, Fire, Water & Earth

Side views

The lower chamber with doors closed and open

The main folding doors closed...

...and open

'Toowit toowoo'
The painting at the heart of 'Elemental Folly'

In reality, this never did get to it's secret place in a forest. It ended up getting left in the attic of our last house when we moved. I sometimes wonder what the new owners might have thought when they discovered it...

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
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  1. No Manfred - you are mistaken. It is in my bedroom!

  2. That's great news! I always thought that this got left behind when we moved! Now I know that it has found a good home. Not a dark forest perhaps but there's still a chance one day...