It seems like over the past 5 years, I have seen a tremendous growth in the number of stacked animal art pieces--from store aisles to craft fairs to coffee shop walls. A simple search for "stacked animal art" will result in thousands of images of sculptures, drawings, paintings, and more--containing a wide variety of animals...all stacked on top of each other.
Now, you may remember me writing in a past post on art appreciation, that the story behind the art can add value to the piece...it gives the art context and meaning. So, rather than writing off these stacks of animals entirely, I decided to do a little digging into the history of this type of art.
Being someone who is interested in folk tales, fairy tales, and illustrations, I must admit that I had some guess as to the origin of the stacked animals, and it turns out, I was correct! Some of you may be familiar with "The Town Musicians of Bremen," written by The Brothers Grimm, in which a donkey, dog, cat and rooster leave their masters (as they are past their prime, working years in life) and head to the town of Bremen to become musicians. On the way there, they come across a cottage where robbers are hiding out, enjoying their plunders. The animals decide to stand on each other to make a din (or a jumble of loud sounds). The robbers run out of the house, not knowing what the sound is. The animals then head into the house, eat a good meal, and relax. Later that night, the robbers send a lookout to see if the coast is clear. However, as soon as he lights his candle, his is quickly attacked by the animals. When he gets back to his companions, the robber tells them that he was attacked by witch who scratched him(cat), an ogre with a knife (dog), a giant who hit him with his club (donkey), and a judge who screamed from the rooftop (rooster). After hearing their companion's story, the robbers abandoned the cottage, where the animals lived happily ever after.
May your weekend be filled with inspiration and a willingness to look at things with an open mind!