PERSEUS ARMING DECK
8.0” x 31.7″ skateboard deck with foil-printed graphic on top and raised print on underside.
Alfred Gilbert was 27 when the work was completed, and, it stands to reason, younger still when it began. It depicts Perseus at a similarly early stage in his career — something like a mortal who had to look to his equipment — and could well be read as an allegory of the artist’s own ambition.
Much of Alfred Gilbert’s work, including Perseus Arming and a model for Anteros, is currently on display at Tate Britain. Even more, thankfully, is on display at street level.