The Great Sparrow Light Pull Toggle
This bronze toggle is a piece Lesley has created as a signature product for Lore of Shangri-La. The story behind this product is based upon the campaign ‘the great leap forward’ 1958 – 1960, which was introduced in china during the cultural revolution from 1066 – 1976 by the communist leader chairman Mao. It was in the rural counties of china where people suffered from the decision of Mao. The campaign enforced the death of all sparrows to die as Mao insisted that it was sparrows that destroyed the rice fields. Consequently, sparrows were killed off by the communist party and supporters, rice fields decimated. No rice fields meant no food, outcome, the fatality, of up to 42 million people, predominantly from rural provinces. this is one of the most largest historical famines every tragically taken place. it is truly devastating.
On a relative and tangible aspect, The sparrow is becoming scarce in England, due to the introduction of other species of birds.
This piece from lore, is a homage to this understated bird, we may think is the everyday, even somewhat ubiqutious, yet is a delight and an instrumental part of our eco-system, globally. the Great sparrow.