About Christine Fox
The Gathering of Owls was formed from ancient Welsh roofing slates, patinated and engraved with symbols of mazes and spirals, emphasizing the importance of owls in antiquity and pre-Christian belief. A second eye was pierced through each of the five slates and these eyes blink, sardonically, as you move around the sculpture. The slates were bolted together onto a textured plinth with an upright carved tree-bole then embedded with a stone basin for water. Christine Fox chose to place this work in Charles Darwin's Aviary at Murray Edwards College, hinting at the owls' evolution. Fox builds her sculptures relating then to natural growth and ancient myths; she was born in Yorkshire and now lives and works in Coton, a village close to Cambridge.
Gathering of Owls IV 
Painted and engraved slate on afromosiac, 130 x 42 x 41 cms
Donated by the artist 1992