Radio Times: Living with Princes. A lovely way to start the New Year. A challenging commission for the radio pages as the theme was rather complex. A snippet from the synopsis:
"In 1588, the essayist and landowner Michel de Montaigne set out on a journey round the troubled kingdom of France. He was on a mission - to reconcile the Valois King Henri the Third, a Catholic, with his likely successor, the Bourbon King of Navarre, a Protestant. His mission had high stakes at play – with an intensified Civil War the price of failure."
I decided to concentrate on the idea of the country being united (from a religious perspective) by depicting a hybrid giant crown / castle with a split down the middle of a central cross to show the divide between the two religions, the complexities of the problem at hand represented by the two convoluted sides of the crown. The client requested a symbolic approach given the limited copy available and I just kept coming back to this rather left field theme. Radio Times out on newsstands today. And more on the BBC Radio 3 broadcast here: