>Photo by Richard Nicol

Mandy Greer
The Phoenix Fairy
2004

LOCATION
Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue

FUNDING SOURCE
Libraries for All Bond 1% for Art


Mandy Greer created three wall-mounted sculptures for the Faye G. Allen Children's Center based on a series of folk tale themes found in the folklore section of the Central Library.

The Phoenix Fairy is perched upon a red branch above the librarians' information desk. The feathers that make up the bird are individually sewn from different patterns and shades of red fabric, each one layered with a translucent red fabric sandwiching a variety of sequins and glitter. Yellow and turquoise tail feathers cascade from the back of the bird. According to Greer, The Phoenix Fairy represents the continual rebirth of knowledge.