Darren Baker was the official artist to the Olympic Games in the year 2012. This print is a replica of the original painting by Darren which is on display at the Olympic Committee headquarters in London. A detailed charcoal study drawing was created by Darren in the build-up to the original masterpiece being painted.
The Olympic flame is a symbol of the Olympic Games, commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus (The God of all Gods) by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics.
It is said that Hercules, the son of Zeus, smashed his way through the Straights Of Gibraltar on route to complete one of his 12 tasks, known as the 12 labours of Hercules. It is also said that Prometheus and the other Titans were exiled to the rock of Gibraltar when eventually defeated by Zeus and the other Olympic Gods.
On the date 12/12/12 at 12.12pm Darren Baker’s friend and business partner, Darren Birkby, and fiancé Donna were married on the rock of Gibraltar. The original charcoal study drawing was given to the wedding couple as a gift. The drawing was taken to Gibraltar by the couple, who would act as guardians during the marriage ceremony, in hope that the spirit of Hercules may pass by and act as messenger to Zeus and the Olympic Gods, who would surely offer their blessing.
It was decided by both Darren Baker and Darren Birkby that a limited edition of 12 Olympic torch replicas of the original painting should be made. Included would be a tiny original sketch to symbolise the drawing that was taken to Gibraltar for a blessing by the Olympic Gods. The 12 torches were created in hope that the eternal flame of love will pass along the line of all 12 torches and a blessing from Zeus and all the Olympic gods will be upon those who own them.
The first torch print purchased (No1) was by a lady who spoke of an emotional connection to the Olympic flame many years before. So strong was the feeling toward the print that tears were shed as the lady, Margaret Dodgson, explained her “Faery’s Light” story. All who listened were moved. Margaret’s request was to dedicate the back of the torch with the words – “Faery’s Light”, 22nd October 1928 3lbs 10oz, “Keep the flame burning”.
Although it may be a chance meeting that both the Darren’s and Margaret were in that room together on that particular day at that exact moment when the first torch was passed on, but maybe this was a sign from the Gods and the blessing was actually real. Whatever the reason for this meeting, these Olympic torch prints will always be from this day on referred to as “The Faery’s Light” prints.
May the blessing gather strength……..lets keep the flame burning.