Erl Konig is welded from sheet copper in chased and repoussed sections. It was inspired by the great German poet Wolfgang Von Goethe, Erl Konig, or in English, The Erl King, a poem about a dying child being carried by his father on horseback through the German countryside to the doctor in a distant village. Father, Father, the child cries out, Is that the Erl Konig I see? No, my son, the father replies, It is only the night mists on the countryside.
The Erl Konig was a mythical figure of death in ancient Germany. The child was dead by the time the father reached the doctor. This poem has also been interpreted into a wonderful musical composition by the great composer Schubert. My sculpture is mounted on a green granite base. I patinaed Erl Konig to a dark green color. It can be an outdoor sculpture garden piece.