The story of Little Suck-a-Thumb
3D Installation of a character from the children’s book “The Shaggy Peter” by Heinrich Hoffmann. The Installation was exibited on the occasion of Heinrich Hoffmann's 200th birthday.
Heinrich Hoffmann Sommer Frankfurt am Main, GER/ hfg /Prof. Michael Jordan and Prof. Georg “Atak” Baber
One day, Mamma said, “Conrad dear,
I must go out and leave you here.
But mind now, Conrad, what i say,
Don’t suck your thumb while i’m away.
The great tall Tailor always comes
To little boys that suck their thumbs.
And ere they dream what he’s about
He takes his great sharp scissors
and cuts their thumbs clean off,
- and then, you know, they never
Mamma had scarcely turn’d her back,
The thumb was in,ALACK! ALACK!
SNIP! SNIP! SNIP! The scissors go
and conrad cries out - OH! OH! OH!
SNIP! SNIP!SNIP! They go so fast
That both his thumbs are off at last.
Mamma comes home there Conrad stands,
And looks quite sad, and shows his hands
- “AH!” said mamma “I knew he’d come
To naughty Little Suck-a-Thumb.”
The door flew open, in he ran,
The great, long, red-legged scissorman.
OH! children, see! The tailor’s come and
Caught our Little Suck-a-Thumb.
Feared of getting his thumbs cut off, the thoughts are spinning around in circles.
"The Little Suck-A-Thumb's Head-Carrousel".
It rotates and makes suckle-sounds!
“Dem Daumenlutscher sein Kopfkarussel”
28 x 35 cm
"Naughty Little Suck-a-Thumb!"
The cropped bloody thumb, lying on the floor.
60 x 50 cm
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