UNICORN OF THE SEA © Hamish Burgess 2017.
Signed and numbered Limited Edition Giclée print of 300 on water-colour paper. 12 x 24 inches, plus a white unprinted border.
Original Celtic & folk art by Hamish Burgess, a print from the original. A piece commissioned by George Millar, founder of the legendary Irish Rovers, for the “The Unicorn, the Continuing Story” album in 2018, as the 12″ Vinyl LP gatefold sleeve inside art piece. It was also the booklet cover for CD, but reversed on that, with the Unicorn on the front, and the Narwhal on the back.
On the 50th anniversary of the iconic Irish band’s worldwide hit single “The Unicorn” in 1968, George Millar wrote the sequel to tell a happier end to the Unicorns. Finally, the continuing story of the Unicorn revealed!
In the original song by Shel Silverstein, all the animals got on the Ark except for the Unicorns who were ‘playing silly games’, and ‘the water came up and floated them away’…..but not so….
From left: the drookit Unicorn is in the rain from the Celtic knotwork cloud, dark and stormy and causing the rising flood. It stands bedraggled on the last piece of land, sadly watching the Ark sail away into the distance beyond the ocean’s stormy surface.
But the fabulous mythical creature jumps into the crashing waves of the flood, and becomes a Kelpie in the old Celtic tradition, a half sea creature, half horse, or in this case a half Unicorn. A UniNarwhal!
Then heading further out of the wild waters, the beast becomes more sea creature than Unicorn. A Narwhal-Unicorn, and dives deeper into the calmer waters.
Finally the shape-shifting, or transformation is complete with the Narwhal surfacing in the lovely calm Arctic waters, with the Celtic knotwork sun shining. They are found there to this day, although somewhat rare. As in old Inuit legends, it is now the Unicorn of the Sea.
All is well again in Unicorn world!
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Aloha and mahalo for looking.