Jeremy Millar

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Bronze Fly
2011

Bronze

This small. life-sized bronze cast of a common fly might be considered, more properly, as a talismanic work, following the OED definition of 'a statue set up, or an object buried under a pillar or the like to preserve the community, house, etc. from danger.' According to legend, Virgil made a fly out of bronze and placed it upon the gates of Naples, and as long as it remained intact, and in place, no fly was able to enter the city. This simple, and physically modest work, explores how a work of art, or an image, may possess an efficacy in the real world, and seek to influence what occurs within it.

With thanks to David Turtle and Jonathan Watts, Royal College of Art, London.