The dragon is constructed out of mild steel parts, which were then sanded down before being painted with multiple layers of acrylic to create the iridescent green and gold effects. Clinging to the wall like a lizard, the dragon is a finely detailed piece providing an interesting focal point for users of the work spaces around the courtyard.
Commissioned by the Custard Factory, an arts centre developed in the former Birds factory buildings, Digbeth, this sculpture was started in February 1993 and completed in May.(1) Inspired by the ancient derivation of the word Digbeth from "dragon's breath".(2) Local school children were invited to the unveiling of the work, when custard pies were the main menu item and members of staff from the Custard Factory performed a story about dragons for the children.(3)
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