Asteria #1.jpg
figurative falling wire mesh maquette
Asteria #2 floating freely
Asteria, Jesmonite, 2 metres
Asteria #3 goddess of falling stars

Falling...

What does freefall feel like?

Liberating?

Terrifying?

Free?

There is so much pressure to strive forwards, show progress, move on up. When we take time to look up, we see the realm where the eagles soar. And the stars. There too, is Asteria, goddess of falling stars.

According to Greek legend, Asteria transformed herself into a quail to evade the advances of Zeus, himself appearing as an eagle. She flung herself into the Aegean Sea and metamorphosed into the "quail island" Ortygia, the historical centre of Syracuse, Sicily. It really looks like a quail - check it out.

Asteroids, from Greek asteroeidḗs, means ‘starry’ or ‘starlike’. Asteroids are rocky, airless remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Most can be found orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, within the Main Asteroid Belt. The Belt contains over a million asteroids larger than 1 kilometer across. Are they floating freely or falling?

Asteria - floating freely or falling?

Asteria #1 #2 #3, patinated bronze resin, 56-78cm high(w) cm

In stark contrast to so many male sculptures, standing proud in stoic, commanding poses, these fluid forms hint at vulnerability, uncertainty and dynamic freedom.

Asteria - goddess of falling stars

Sound effects with thanks to the crows