Devil’s Trumpet

Devils Trumpet
Devils Trumpet detail 2
Devils Trumpet

Gallery: St Clements Hospital, Bow 2013

Dimensions: 1.5m x 1m x 1m

Date: 2013

Materials: steel, fake berries, washing line, Barbie underwear, shoes and ballgown

Datura Metel is locally referred to as an angel’s trumpet and by others, a devil’s trumpet. It looks like an elaborate cornucopia/horn of plenty. The plant belongs to the witches’ weeds along with deadly nightshade. It was also used to make poisonous arrowheads, in divination ceremonies and women used to rub the juice into their eyes to enlarge their pupils to enhance their beauty. The horn of plenty is a symbol of fertility, prosperity and abundance, a precursor to the unicorn and the Holy Grail. The horn has supernatural powers, which gives whoever possesses it whatever they want. This sculpture contrasts the nurturing safe and fragile world of early childhood with the enticing, tempting fantasy of growing up and its more sober reality.

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All artwork by Miranda Housden