This is the year that finally we are going to see the release of our long awaited Bakker./Rey collaboration with Random House… before the final sprint (that I’m currently working on) here’s something that I have also been working on these days. Please bear in mind…It is just a wok in progress!
It is a fact that global warming is affecting everybody (and in many more harm ways than any good ones). Paradoxically, while many people in Britain were affected by terrible floods, here in London we have been having a very unseasonal mild winter that has allowed me to work a little in my cold, damp back-yard workshop without fearing hypothermia…. the results can be seen in this clay sculpture. I have always loved the Aztec “eagle and serpent on top of a cactus” symbol (A myth that enticed them to build Tenochtitlan, the capital of their empire). If the Mayans “got it wrong” these days well, the Aztecs got it right then and built an incredible floating city over a lake… that is the power of the myth over the human mind… for good or bad! Unfortunately the Spaniards had a lot less imagination and destroyed that marvel of the ancient world.
This emblematic image has also been emblazoned in the Mexican flag… obviously being me, I was not going to do a simple recreation of the famous image… so I decided to make the whole scene some 90-70 million years before… hopefully an inspiration to all Mexican palaeontologists, now you can see Deinonychus (instead of the eagle) wrestling a relative of Eupodophis, the primitive snake with vestigial hind limbs… talk about tongue in cheek exercises! The style pretends to be reasonably based on Aztec art… although we can imagine they would be very surprised to see the scene this way!
And yes it seems there were primitive cacti in the Cretaceous… the shape and form in my piece may be questionable though!
Needless to say, the job is only half finished… I will apply colour accordingly when it dries out completely (maybe even inspired by the fabulous colour treatments of Carlos Soteno). Watch this space for the final piece in the near future. Happy New Year.