Sculpture: Medusa (Sandor, 2008)
Height: 260 cm, width of top part: 120 cm
Weight: approx. 20kg
Material: Scrap metal, metal post
Installation: metal base. cemented into ground, post with 20 degrees inclination, secured with 2 steel wires
History and Purpose
Dedicated to the Greek Gorgon called Medusa, a female archetype about which a multitude of contradictionary and confusing articles have been written.
Originally a legend from the time of the rule matriarchs, it was said that no man could look at her without turning into stone.
In Wikipedia, the limitation to ‘gazing males’ has been dropped, as well as the information that the Perseus legend was added after the introduction of patriarchism.
The archetypal scriptlet of ‘turning into stone upon looking’ can be found in various different places of human cultures. In the Bible, Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt after looking over her shoulder at the Sodom and Gomorrah. In many cultures, looking over one’s shoulder is considered bringing bad luck.
In Ifá tradition, these scriptlets are part of Odù Ifá Odi-Osa and the name Me-du-sa reflects this concept in its ‘energetic semantics’.
This sculpture, in its current location in the Sandorian Grove, has been located in front of Sandor’s mosaic representation of the maze from the myth of the Minotaur on the island Crete.