The Damage a Story Can Do

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan, author of the popular graphic novel The Arrival, features 75 original sculptures inspired by Grimm’s Fairy Tales. If you need further convincing, this work has Neil Gaiman’s stamp of approval; he even wrote the foreword, saying “Shawn Tan makes me want to hold these tales close, to rub them with my fingers, to feel the cracks and the creases and the edges of them…He makes me wonder what damage I could do with them, how badly I could hurt someone if I hit them with a story” (pg 3).

A short passage from the original tale accompanies each sculpture. My personal favorite is #65 “Simelei Mountain.” Concluding my top 10 are #5 “The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About Fear,” #28 “Gambling Hans,” #32 “Brier Rose,” #40 “All Fur,” #49 “Hans My Hedgehog,” #55 “The Turnip,” #64 “Fitcher’s Bird,” #68 “The Nixie in the Pond,” and #74 “The Moon.” Check it out to find your own favs!