Two of Phifty-two
|Title:||The Famous Mockingbird|
|Print Size:||6.5″x 8″|
|Materials:||Linocut Block Print|
|Inspiration:||Song – “Fly Famous Mockingbird”|
For week two I’m drawing my inspiration from the Famous Mockingbird. Don’t know who the Famous Mockingbird is?… You must not be from Gamehendge!
Here’s the scoop: The Famous Mockingbird is a character in a story written in 1987 by Phish’s frontman Trey Anastasio as his senior thesis while in college. The story, titled “The Man Who Stepped into Yesterday”, consists of a series of songs that tell a tale of legend. Through song Trey introduces us to Colonel Forbin, a man from NY who encounters a mysterious door. Passing through the door Forbin discovers an entirely new world – Gamehendge. Gamehendge is a wooded land inhabited by Lizards who once lived peacefully while governed by a book called “The Helping Friendly Book”. The book was written by a prophet named Icculus and was said to contain “the ancient secrets of eternal joy and never-ending splendor.” Forbin meets a band of revolutionaries, led by Errand Wolfe, who tell him that the Lizards have been enslaved by a man named Wilson. Wilson befriend the Lizards and stole the Helping Friendly Book locking it away in a tower and declared himself king. Colonel Forbin makes it his mission to return the book to the Lizards to free them from their evil king Wilson. To do this Forbin climbs a great mountain to seek and find the great and knowledgeable Icculus who will surely know how to retrieve the book. Icculus sends his friend the Famous Mockingbird to Wilson’s castle to rescue the Helping Friendly Book. Upon returning the book, Errand Wolfe of the revolutionaries takes it from Forbin, locks up the Famous Mockingbird and Colonel Forbin, has king Wilson killed, keeps the book from the Lizards, and declares himself the new ruler of Gamehendge.
Here is a live version of the song “Fly Famous Mockingbird” performed on 12/1/95. It begins with some unscripted narration by Trey. Enjoy.
This print was made from a hand carved piece of linoleum. A series of 30 prints were made on thick watercolor paper (30 to represent Phish’s 30 year history). The signed and numbered editions are available for purchase in our Online Store.
As a side project related to this week’s piece I’ve started a Mockingbird chain letter or vine. I mailed out four alternate versions of The Famous Mockingbird to friends and asked them to continue to forward them onto their friends. Click here for more details and to see the current status of the four birds.
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About the Artist
Brian Bojanowski, a native of Wisconsin, has spent the past 17 years working as an educator in both public and private schools. He has taught special education, elementary education, and art instruction in a variety of settings to thousands of children. He and his wife Wendi started Noah’s Art – children’s art center in 2001 and experienced immediate success. Brian, earned his Bachelor of Science in both Special Education: Behavioral Disorders, and Elementary Education from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. As an accomplished artist, Brian has had artwork on display in galleries and illustrated three published books, one of which is currently on the Amazon.com’s best sellers list. Under the direction of Bojanowski, Noah’s Art has received several awards for it’s curriculum and program. Bojanowski currently teaches out of his studio in Charlotte, NC and oversees the development and creation of Noah’s Art curriculum, and training new Noah’s Art Licensees.