The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

SingingBones_247x189_CVR.inddI came across “The Red Tree” by Shaun Tan many years ago and the text and graphics resonated with me very deeply.

I saw “The Singing Bones” today in a bookshop and have added it to my massive wishlist of books.

He’s reduced the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales to a sculpture (inspired by Inuit soapstone carvings and pre-Columbian pottery) and a few lines to accompany them that distills “the DNA of the tale, the core that haunts people forever”.


Clockwise from top right: Little Red Riding Hood, All Kinds of Fur, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and The Singing Bone.

There’s more images here.

Bloodbaths and bad dreams: Shaun Tan’s fairy sculptures by Sian Cain

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