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Artist creates 'pagan' birdlife
Tree Creepy bird
The Tree Creepy was one of the birds created by the project
An artist has created several new species of unsual birds after holidaying in the area which inspired the occult thriller The Wicker Man.

Edward Summerton collaborated with some of Scotland's leading writers and artists to produce the collection.

The images, based on traditional Ladybird illustrations, were created by the Dundee lecturer while on a break in the Summer Isles.

The collection, entitled "Bird of the Devil" has been released in a new book.

The Summer Isles, off the coast of the North West Highlands, were the inspiration for Lord Summerisle's island in the original Wicker Man film, which starred Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward.

Mr Summerton, who teaches at Dundee University's Duncan of Jordanstone art college, teamed up with 17 famous writers and artists including Michael Marra, Laura Hird and Graham Fagen, to produce the work.

Each came up with a fictional name and short story surrounding the bird, resulting in creations including the "Panticle", "Blood Sucking Dunny Gull" and the "Sentry Owl".

Mr Summerton said: "There was a collection of Ladybird natural history books in the cottage we were staying in.

"The history and mythologies surrounding the Summer Isles and its relation to the Wicker Man somehow leaked into the images I had worked with, hatching some strange breed of pagan birdlife."

Edward Summerton's bird creations
21 Oct 06 |  In Pictures

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