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Imagining the Chariot of the Sun – 500BC to AD2015 Thursday 24th September

September 18, 2015

Leeds City Museum

Ancient Worlds Gallery


Eleanor OKell shares the research behind the interactive sculpture of the Sun Chariot that will feature as part of Greek Fire (Leeds Light Night 2015). The tale of Phaethon’s ride in the sun chariot has inspired artists and designers to imagine what the sun chariot might be like. This talk explores the fruits of this inspiration with a range of examples from Greek vases to Roman sarcophagi, from Baroque ceilings to children’s book illustrations, from political cartoons to modern motor vehicles.

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