This Fairy is a permanent resident and on display at Trentham Gardens
Ruby which as short for “Eurybia” which is greek mythology is described as having a heart of flint within her. Every fairy that I create has an engraved pebble inserted where there heart would be. She was known as the goddess of mastery of the seas, or power over them. Ruby was commissioned by Trentham to complement and complete the existing Trentham fairies.
The thief (the fairy with the watering can) had worked so well sitting on the surface of the water that we thought we would create a second fairy, but this time have her flying over the surface just touching the surface with her hand. There was a design challenge to have her apparently floating in the air, almost horizontal, means there is a great deal of weight acting on the hidden support in her wrist. We knew through experience with The Thief that she would sink slightly over time. If you look closely, you will see a hand reaching out of the water. This was to disguise the support until the sculpture settles when Ruby’s hand should be just toughing the surface.