Mythic Valkyries ride in this fountain sculpture set in the greenery of the Auckland Domain.
Its a favourite, and evocative, piece of art.
The inscription in the the stone surrounds, partly visible, reads:
“When the best of the Earth are gathered to know the chooser’s mind”
” Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!”
“Well, now that we have seen each other”, said the unicorn,”if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you”.
-Lewis Carroll , ‘Through The Looking Glass’
lf bulls can fly…
Well, they are bigger than pigs – “and pigs can fly” as the saying goes – and that is not a likelihood either.
But myths (and mythical creatures) do not need likelihood, let alone certainty, to hold sway or have power.
For mythology is magic, and magic transcends reality.
So, if bulls can fly, clouds are pierced by horns and hooves will trample stars.
And mankind will continue to be shat upon massively from great heights…