The Three Fairies Dancing Sculpture
Banbury-based environmental sculptor David Gosling and his son Adam have just completed a new temporary sculpture at the Rollright Stones of Three Fairies Dancing, reflecting one of the many folklore legends associated with the Stones.
Made of woven hazel, willow, ivy and lime, the work follows on from a much-admired sculpture of the Rollright witch by David Gosling and his sons. Built in a similar style and based on the legend that the witch turned a king, his knights and army to stone, she shook her wand at the King Stone for about 18 months in 2012-13 before she succumbed to the elements. It is hoped the Fairies will similarly continue their dance until they too get exhausted!
David Gosling said he was delighted to have come back and been able to do another sculpture at the Stones: “The Stones are a very special and inspiring place and a sheer delight to create sculptures there.”
The Chairman of the Rollright Trust, George Lambrick, said the charity is always keen to welcome creative projects that help to show how the Stones have a special place in today’s world, not just a relic from the past. “David and Adam have a deep appreciation of the Stones just as we do of their work: it is always uplifting and this makes a very special contribution to celebrating the Trust’s 20th anniversary.”
The sculpture is inspired by William Blake's painting Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Shakespeare may well have known the Stones as they are close to the old road from Stratford to London. Some of the numerous folklore legends date back to his day or earlier. It is said that the Fairies come out to dance round the Stones at night. They would emerge from a hole in the rock at the bottom of a former quarry by the King Stone.
David Gosling is a former art teacher and sculptor who has created hundreds of works over the years, both temporary and permanent, representing a wide range of subjects and using many different materials. Now retired, he has for some time been contemplating another sculpture at the Stones to follow the witch that he created with his sons five years ago.
Adam Gosling works a tree officer in Cardiff but studied art and has been involved in assisting David in many of his sculpture projects, including the Rollright Witch, forming a close-knit creative team.
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