Naranja Amarga - Feathered Sculpture - Virgil A. Walker


Naranja Amarga

Pheasant, chicken      52" x 42" x 8"  

Some of my family visited my son in Spain this summer. He took them to Seville, and knowing my tastes, they brought me back a jar of Naranja Amarga, orange marmalade.  

An English merchant in the 1700ís purchased three-dozen bushels of oranges from the small grove behind the Cathedral of Seville. In trying to sell them in England, they were far too bitter to be edible. To use the product and to  camouflage the taste, he invented orange marmalade.

The metaphor of the name is that the fullness of life is bittersweet.



   Photo:  Richard K. Webb


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