Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Artist creates 'pagan' birdlife based on Ladybird book illustrations

An artist has created several new species of unsual birds after holidaying in the area which inspired the occult thriller The Wicker Man.Edward Summerton collaborated with some of Scotland's leading writers and artists to produce the collection.

The images, based on traditional Ladybird illustrations, were created by the Dundee lecturer while on a break in the Summer Isles.The Summer Isles, off the coast of the North West Highlands, were the inspiration for Lord Summerisle's island in the original Wicker Man film, which starred Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward.

Mr Summerton, who teaches at Dundee University's Duncan of Jordanstone art college, teamed up with 17 famous writers and artists including Michael Marra, Laura Hird and Graham Fagen, to produce the work.

Each came up with a fictional name and short story surrounding the bird, resulting in creations including the "Panticle", "Blood Sucking Dunny Gull" and the "Sentry Owl".

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