The Mead of Poetry

The Mead of Poetry


by Ayako Furuno

This clay vessel has inscriptions inside and out, inspired by the Norse fable of Odin, who took the form of an eagle to steal the Mead of Poetry from Odrarer, one of three vessels that contained the mead.  The outer inscription reads: ‘The theft of the Mead of Poetry by Odin, chased by Suttungr.’ The inner inscription reads: ‘from me Odrarer the Kettle.’


16 artists were invited to the Chelsea Physic Garden to acquaint them with the unique, historic garden. They responded to the Gardens’ 2018 theme of ‘Beverages Bubbles and Brews’ with proposals for standing stones and sculptures, sundials and ornaments with witty and wise inscriptions of poetry, drinking songs and recipes. 

Inspired by the myriad of plants that are the ingredients in teas and tisanes, wines, cordials, beers and herbal brews, ‘An Elixir of Letters’ slakes  the thirst of art lovers and gardening enthusiasts alike.

The exhibition occupies spaces throughout Chelsea Physic Garden from May to October 2018.

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