I was browsing through my ‘bears&boxes’ picture files when I decided to see if I could find a date for the first piece I had made for the series. It took me a bit by surprise to see it was way, way, way back in 2003.
I wasn’t blogging then so I am fairly certain these photos will be new to bearbits. I remember being excited about this new idea – combining bears (in most cases) and boxes. I also remember being totally immersed in the project. That still happens.
It was my gallery piece for TBAI and I called it The Flying Pig. The theme that year was nursery rhymes. This one was the one I chose for some very strange reason:
Dickory, dickory, dare,
The pig flew up in the air;
The man in brown soon brought him down.
Dickory, dickory, dare.
The fun bits are the details in my opinion. Here’s the left side. My concept for this section was a take-off (oh, bad pun!) on the side shows at fairs. I designed the crumpled sign in that style. The man (in brown) a sepia toned old photo – maybe even a relative of mine? – reminded me of a barker that draws the crowds in.
Here is the right side –
I included lots of references to flying here with a nod to Charlotte’s Web with the ‘Some Pig’ spelled out in the spider’s web. The bottle labels read: Anti-Gravity Matter, Buoyancy Pills, and Liquid Lift! You can also see a visual reference to Da Vinci’s wing drawing.
Below that is my idea of text from a children’s book about flying pigs. I think the inspiration for it comes from the Dick and Jane books. Does anyone remember those?
I also included a headline from a fake newspaper about the oddity. Do you know I had a hard time ripping it into a little snippet after spending time to make it look real?
I think my favorite section of the whole piece was this part with books. I had such fun coming up with the titles. The blue one references that wonderful quote, “Flying is the second greatest thrill to man. Landing is the first!”
Here’s the little flying piggy all by himself.
It’s mind-boggling for me to realize I made this nine years ago. It seems like only yesterday. Wow! I guess it’s not only pigs that fly, eh?