Feather that went to the Top of Everest
About the work
Cornelia Parker's "Feather that went to the Top of Everest" is a beautiful image in itself and points to wider concepts of time and place. The feather photographed here was taken from the jacket of Rebecca Stevens, the first British woman to climb Mount Everest. It is almost a relic, providing an entry point for us into the experience. Parker was interested by the irony that the white feather is traditionally a symbol of cowardice, and that it was taken to a height that birds cannot fly, reminding her of the story of Icarus.
About the artist