Local Heart, Global Soul

August 28, 2019

Swinging Into The Brutal Facts Of Life…

I’m following yesterday’s post with the last of the “Owl Tree” wood carvings. This one maintains the strange juxtaposition of ideas in this piece, on one level it’s clearly a swing for very young children to play on, on the other hand the subject matter of the carving is not exactly age appropriate, child friendly material. I

n this piece we have had the hunted rabbits in the burrow (“The Owl Tree, And…”) at the base, and now, further up, we see a startled group of birds in terror, fleeing their perches higher up in the tree. Closer inspection reveals that this too is a predator/prey subject, and that a fox is the cause of the birds frantic exit.

Once again I don’t find the subject matter restful, particularly enjoyable or in any way appropriate as an accompaniment to play equipment for very young children. Surely the creator of this piece must have at some point entertained the idea that for a good percentage of children, this would be a very upsetting theme? I fully realise that we can’t sugar-coat nature, the food chain and the circle of life, but when and how we introduce these hard facts to children young enough where a swing in the back yard is their greatest joy and entertainment, must surely be more carefully considered?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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