Welded Steel and Copper
12" x 12" x 8"
piece was created for Samhain,
the ancient Celtic Festival which
celebrates the central portion of the birth-death-resurrection cycle.
Elements of Samhain
represented include the Magical Apple Tree
with its nine golden apples. It was believed that anyone who ate
fruit of this tree was guaranteed eternal life. The tree is
represented in the center-front section of this piece.
present day childrens’ game of Bobbing for Apples is rooted in an
ancient mating practice. Each girl would place her apple in a
of water, and the boys would bob for them. Whichever one a boy
into, that girl became his wife. Looking at the front of this piece,
apple on the right hand side has been bitten, and there is a subtle
profile of a boy.
The forged copper flames in the back
represent the light of Tara. Ancient Celts gathered at Tlachiga for the
Feast of Tara.
They would light their torches from the large fire
and then return home to re-light their own hearths with the
This ritual would mark the time of new beginnings.