Title of Art Piece: The Protector
Category: Sculpture – 2022
Student/Artist’s Name: Abigail Sparks
School: Thunder Mountain High School
Grade: 12th
Artist Statement:

The Protector:

The Qilin or Chinese Unicorn is a being known to symbolize luck, good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity. A protector of sorts, that watches over like a statue. They often have ties with nature and the overall natural world around us. Qilin are known to be protectors of the innocent and often will punish the wicked or malicious. The Protector is meant to be a modern take on the bronze statues of Qilin all across China. But with a bit of personal twist added in to ground my spirit with the symbol I was recreating. By giving it a metallic copper finish, I gave it the appearance of weathered copper. Over time, the metal-based paint will tarnish. As the sculpture is taken from place to place

Artwork Dimensions: 14 inches x 8 inches x 6 inches