Once I lived on lakes,
once I looked beautiful, when I was a swan.
Misery me! Now black and roasting fiercely!
The inspiration for this Sculpture: This sculpture is based on Carl Orff’s epic production Carmina Burana, which consists of 24 poems with the original text dating mostly from the 11th or 12th century. The piece covers the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony, gambling and lust. Carmina Burana is most widely recognized for its opening and closing hymn, O Fortuna.
About this Piece: Themed after the twelfth poem in Orff’s masterpiece, this bronze cast male figure or “Swan” hangs in the balance between grace and imminent death. “Olim lacus colueram“(English Translation: “The Roasting Swan”). The swan reminisces of his former glory, beauty and grace, struggles to resist his fate, and finally the acceptance of his own demise into the flames.