Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit (original photograph posted by War Child)

Strange Fruit (original photograph posted by War Child)

Strange Fruit (shown from a different angle)

Strange Fruit (shown from a different angle)

In 1996, Kate Bush spent some time at the Royal College of Art, working on a bronze sculpture inspire by Billie Holiday, entitled 'Strange Fruit'. A stone base measuring 15" x 13" and with a height of 7½", the sculpture was donated to a War Child auction and apparently sold for 1000 pounds.

Kate about Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday is one of my favourite singers. She is still a great inspiration. I sang with a band when I was eighteen and always wore a flower behind my ear to be like her: I felt it brought me luck. This sculpture shares its name with one of her favourite songs. I've tried to depict her mouth in mid-song growing among the flowers like "Strange Fruit."