El Dorado Springs
- Art Funded
- 1) 100 x 600 cm; 2) 167 x 1000 cm
- Valerie Sparks
El Dorado was a mythical place where all dreams were met. This large work by the Australian artist Sparks seamlessly blends landmark buildings from present day Melbourne against a majestic backdrop of the Zagros Mountains. The images are drawn from different times and places along the banks of a mysterious misty river lined by Australian native trees and an exotic flora, as well as sculptural elements of Asian monuments and figures of worship. The Whitworth has a Designated Collection of Historic and Modern Wallpapers. This work both relates to French examples in the Gallerys collection and takes the Whitworth a step forward in its aim to emphasise the relationship between the historic collections and contemporary art.