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Feather that went to the Top of Everest
Feather that went to the Top of Everest
Cornelia Parker 
Artist 
Cornelia Parker
Title 
Feather that went to the Top of Everest  
Sub-title 
[In the jacket of Rebecca Stevens, the first British woman to climb Mt. Everest]  
Date  
1997
Medium  
Photogram
Edition No  
1/5
Acquisition  
Purchased from Frith Street Gallery, June 1998
Number  
17329/1
Description

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.
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