Noel Griffin


Sebastian



3d printed PLA, cold cast aluminium flints, steel, chain, bronze powder paint

This work is based on the story of St Sebastian. He was venerated as a protector of plagues since medieval times and is considered a queer icon. At the centre of St Sebastian’s torso is the symbol of the Carlina Acaulis a type of thistle in the family Asteraceae. The Emperor Charlemagne once found his army threatened with destruction by an epidemic of bubonic plague. He was informed by an angel that if he would shoot an arrow from his crossbow into the air, it would fall upon a plant, the Carlina acaulis, that would cure the disease.