Artwork #55

Banded Iron

by Brian Wootan, Council District 1

Oil on canvas

Courtesy of the Artist

Throughout history iron has been considered a magical substance. And banded iron beds have always been important sources of iron ore. Iron has a long and rich tradition in mythology all around the world.

Embodied in the archetype of the blacksmith. And his TRANSFORMATIVE POWERS of turning iron into weapons, tools and cultural items. In ancient times the art of the smith was held in great esteem and was considered

to be powerful magic. The association between iron and magic is global and stretches back long into the past. In IRON is contained all civilizations.