Magna Carta 800 years – embroidery project

The Magna Carta peace treaty has been described as “the greatest constitutional document of all times”. Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third of the text was deleted or substantially rewritten within ten years, and almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta remains a cornerstone of the British constitution.

Most famously, the 39th clause gave all ‘free men’ the right to justice and a fair trial. Some of Magna Carta’s core principles are echoed in the United States Bill of Rights (1791) and in many other constitutional documents around the world, as well as in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the European Convention on Human Rights (1950).

This year, in 2015, the 800th Anniversary of this visionary document will be celebrated.

Many commemorative projects have been planned. One of them caught my attention, since it seems to be a stellar example of GoodMoodLaw: a large scale embroidery project in which the content of the document will be visualized and through which many people engage with historical legal information. Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art has commissioned British artist Cornelia Parker to produce this major artwork to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.  The first panels look beautiful.

 

This video shows the project as work in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

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