Plant Food

This animation, developed by pupils at Maiden Erlegh School, Reading.


It reflects the ancient Greeks’ love of stories about monsters.

Ure View

Dance Off, The Love of Honour and Plant Food were made for Ure View, an Arts Council funded 'Stories of the World’ project run at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology in 2012.

Local teenagers worked with the project team to interpret vases in the museum and develop stories and storyboards from them.  Steve transformed the storyboards into animations.  They have since been shown at Westminster as part of an Arts in Parliament exhibition.  They’ve also been included on a digital trail at the Museum of English Rural Life and in a special exhibition in Reading Museum.

about the animation

Ancient Greek culture excelled at storytelling.  Lots of the stories that were told included terrifying monsters, such as Scylla - a bloodthirsty predator with twelve feet, six heads, and three rows of teeth, the Chimaera – part lion, part goat, part snake, and the Hydra - a venomous, nine-headed monster who grew two new heads every time one was cut off.

Pupils at Maiden Erlegh School followed in this tradition by creating a looped animation that reinterprets an image of a decorative plant as a vicious killer.


Created by pupils from Maiden Erlegh School.

vase details

Apulian (ie. made in the Apulia region of Italy).  Red figure pelike vase depicting a juggler.

Late Classical, 370-340BCE, by the Verona painter.  Owned by Reading Museum, housed in the Ure Museum, (Accession Number: REDMG: 1951.150.1).

Reverse shows two young men talking.

© Reading Museum

(REDMG 1951:150.1)


The music used is kindly provided by Stefan Hagel, a musician and academic at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture in Vienna.

follow-up viewing

1) Celebrations in Dance Off.

2) Boasting in:  The Love of Honour.

3) Off to a celebration:  The Procession.

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