A few months John Hasquin sent me a picture of someone’s horns suggesting … actually he did not suggested anything but after I saw the picture I was laughing hard and quite long. I found that those horns were very symptomatic to the most horns installations where people do something having no sense of actions. No wonder that most of the horn installations do sound very poor….
However, the ignorant design of those horns is not what made me to laugh but rather how those horn look like… It you remember the Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” the Baba Yaga’s Hut was compose as an inspiration on the Hartmann's design for a bronze clock. The Hartmann for his work used very famous Russian folklore tail about “The Hut on Fowl's Legs”…
The “The Hut on Fowl's Legs” taks a very special place in Russian culture. The Hut is usually located very deep in the woods where any visitor usesly got killed and the visitor bones used as the ornamentations for the Hut’s fence. The point of the Hut on Fowl's Legs is that it in Slave mythology the Hut is the threshold, the barrier between live and death, between our word and the kingdom of shadows and darkness. The Hut is sitting on the chicken leg and has an ability of turn itself, facing its door to a visor from any direction. Considering that the entrance in the Hut symbolized the realm of death (the visitors do not necessary know about it) the door-turning ability of the Hut is a symbolization of the freedom of chooses. Ironically, the fact of entering the Hut is not necessarily bringing the death of the visitors. There is a guard in the Hut: the Baba-Yoga, who is a representative of darkness. Nevertheless, the Baba-Yoga is very interesting character. She is bones chewing, blood drinking, children boiling witch. Everyone afraid of her and Salve mothers threaten thier children with Baba-Yoga if the children behave badly.
However, the Baba-Yoga might be converted from death and distractions craving witch into a cooperative and even loving character if the visitor would pass all tests that Baba-Yoga would do with the visitor of the Hut. So, if to dig deeper then the Baba-Yoga’s Hut in Slav mythology is kind of a place of evil but still it the evil give a chance to person in case the strength of person’s convictions and the person’s capacities would “impress” the Baba-Yoga.
Anyhow, why I was laughing so hard when I saw those horns? I was not laughing because the person was completely clueless about what he was doing and not because he juts dumped together “something” and then he ignorantly called it “horn playback”. I was laughing because the poor owner of these horns unknowingly did perhaps the best depicturing of the “The Hut on Fowl's Legs” that I even seen in the Western word. Compare:
I wonder if those horns could turn by themselves around? If they do then the guy should make the picture of those horn with his mother-in-law staying next to the horns…. :-)
Romy the Ca
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche