Artist: Gem Van Gils
Swindon-based artist Gem Van Gils chose to base her Swindog design around the Mexican-born artist, Frida Kahlo. Gem has painted Frida’s portrait, surrounded by vibrant tropical flowers and animals, full of symbols of hope and transition, which are frequent themes in the artist’s paintings. The design includes a quote from Frida: “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” It is believed that this quote symbolises Kahlo’s emotional emancipation from her disabled body and ability to enjoy life. Gem instantly connected this message with the work of Julia’s House when learning about their amazing care for seriously ill children and their families. One of Frida Kahlo’s most famous paintings is named ‘Viva la Vida’ which translates to Long Live Life – a celebration of life, and a message that Gem feels sums up her design.
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After the trail finishes the Swindogs will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Julia’s House, your local children’s hospice charity. If you have sponsored a uniquely designed and decorated big balloon dog sculpture this will be your chance to adopt your Swindog. Then it can go to its forever home where it can be enjoyed for many years to come!Find out more