Artist: Britta Elmberg
Purchaser: Susan Grange
Location: 14668 Hurontario Street, Caledon
Charlie is a golden flying horse wearing an earthly blanket. The blanket imbeds the message of the Dala Horse: using bright colours, whimsy and playfulness, work can be lightened; nothing is a burden in life unless we think it is. The blanket keeps him down to earth. His braided looped mane suggests awareness of one’s roots(circular idea); the negative spaces between the braids suggest the symbol of pi.
Charlie’s Blanket features a basket referring to the birth of Moses and his eventual journey down the Nile River. This also connects to the Hercules story in which a future leader must survive humble circumstances. The river is meant to suggest our Humber River as well as the river Moses was carried in. The fork in the river to represent Headwaters, and by extension memory, often associated with rivers. Trilliums and evergreens used to place Caledon’s special locale. The flowers in basket are local wildflowers; meant to suggest Charlie’s burden is light. Echos chorus from Handel’s Messiah: “His yoke is easy, his burden is light”;Charlie wears a silver breastplate, similar to a yoke. A broken chain is pictured on Charlie’s right front hoof suggesting an escape from earthly bonds.
Charlie at Caledon Equestrian Park
Charlie in his new home
About Britta Elmberg
Britta grew up in the country in the Ottawa Valley. She obtained a B.A. from Carleton University in English Literature and Music History and a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. She taught for the Toronto District School Board (1989-1996) and Studied Textile Art at Harbourfront Studios and Collage at The Toronto School of Art.
She began painting seriously in 2002 and had some individual shows and exhibits from 2003-2008.
She has been tutoring in Reading for Kumon and then Educatus (Learning centres in Brampton) since 2008 and published a poetry collection in 2014, Poems for Now, part of the Read Local Collection at the Caledon Public Library. She has published two children’s books, Bunny and Anka, and The Passage of Agnes May.