About the Artwork
Roman Standard is, in the words of Tracey Emin, a symbol of “hope, faith and spirituality”. Bearing none of the autocratic or militaristic connotations of the traditional Roman Standard, this bird carries with it associations of height, air and light. “Most public sculptures are a symbol of power which I find oppressive and dark. I wanted something that had a magic and an alchemy, something which would appear and disappear and not dominate” says Tracey Emin. This diminutive bird perched high above the ground gently reminds us that strength is possessed by even seemingly insignificant creatures.
Copyright the artist, courtesy the artist and White Cube
10 x 17 cm from beak to tail; pole 357 cm