• Image of 'Fledgling'
  • Image of 'Fledgling'
  • Image of 'Fledgling'

''He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.''

'Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None', Nietzsche, 1883 - 1885

In 1772, it is documented that Henry Batger insured his sugar millhouse, with the Sun Fire Office, for the sum of £400. In 1781, the name appears as John Batger & Son, London, sugar refiners, alongside those of the Holthouse, Dirs, Engelke, Ludekins, Mertens, Lilkendey, Dolge, Wackerbarth and Witte sugar refining families.

Manufacturing jams, bakery sundries, cake decorations and confectionary, Batgers best known products were 'Chinese Figs', 'Silmos Lollies', 'Jersey Caramels', 'John Peel marmalade', and 'Harlequin Christmas Crackers'.

Inspired by the confectioners name, 'Fledgling' is restrained from taking flight, encouraged to take 'baby steps' and stand on her own two feet, before trying to fly. Nietzshe's philosophical and poetic, metaphor guides the developmental stages of the young, expressing the necessity of time and toil that must be exercised, in hope of achieving greatness. To aim high, you must first progress through the steps and milestones, you must develop your potential by starting small and working your way up to something great.

Told through the prophetic journey of Nietzsche's character 'Zarathustra', Nietzsche defines Zarathustra's pursuit to become an 'overman' (Übermensch), by rejecting all metaphysical religions, to embrace living life vigourously in the now, to indicate
that lifes struggles are the expression of being alive, and exemplifying the 'overman' as an infinite journey toward self-mastery.

* The title and the story of this piece is rolled, in a scroll, and is accessible from within the sculpture.

Dimensions: H 100cm x W 70cm x D 61cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage 'Batgers' Toffee Tin,
Victorian Baby Walker,
Vintage Jelly Moulds,
Vintage Patty Tins,
Vintage Cake Tins,
Vintage Rulers,
Vintage Fabric,
Brass Shower Rings,
Brass Eyelets,
3 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Golf Ball Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Bar, Metal Mending Plates,
Copper Pipe, Brass Stop Ends & copper olive,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

Please be advised:

Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.

As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.

Overseas Enquiries:

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Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.

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