mosaic maker and mural artist Gary Drostle

February 2008

 

The Story of the Bharunda Bird is an ancient tale from Bengal about a beautiful two headed bird.

People believed it was good luck to see the Bharunda Bird, it's song was so beautiful that it would calm all the animals of the forest.

If either of it's heads found food it would say "other head, would you like some food?" and the other head would say "yes". One day the tall head became angry with the short head, believing that it was more deserving , the heads argued and stopped sharing and stopped singing.

The heads began to fight and peck at each other until the short head in a fit of anger ate some poison berries and so the bird died.

Gary also painted a mural with children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital based around the legend of the Bharunda Bird

6. The Mosaic is complete

5. Nearly there

4. The halfway stage

3. Using the direct technique the first pieces of Venetian Smalti are laid

2. The design is transferred to a special lightweight board in the studio ready for the mosaic work to commence

1. Final Design Work Up

mosaic maker and mural artist Gary Drostlemosaic maker and mural artist Gary Drostlemosaic maker and mural artist Gary Drostle