File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 302


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 10:52:25 -0000
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Can Horrendous be Appealing and Efficient?


Using a human skull for a puppet is certainly gruesome, so I hesitated to
relay the following which is even more so. Apologise in advance if I have
overstepped your sensitivities. 

Harry van Tussenbroek in the 1920's made sculptures as well as puppets using
animal bones, and somehow managed to obtain legally from a hospital an
aborted human foetus.  He used the skull as the head of a puppet and
inserted jewels in the eye sockets. There is a picture of it in his book
'Poppen en Marionetten' captioned 'danse macabre (detail)'. Perhaps he
thought he was bringing it back to 'life'. [The picture is not contained in
the other book of his work "De Poppen van Harry van Tussenbroek' by W F
Gouwe, although there are many examples of his other puppets there.] 



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