Tom Eckersley menu, 1967
One of the many things I have learned while doing research for Animalarium
is that when it comes to art and design, not all animals are created equal.
Some creatures have been much more frequently portrayed than others,
either because of their familiarity, beauty, symbolism or graphic qualities.
Unsurprisingly, roosters are amongst the winners.
These commonplace birds are endowed with bold looks,
colorful feathers, a great silhouette and rich symbolism.
The animals' popularity tends to change with the times and styles.
For example, during the Art Nouveau period one can find many
artists often favored the strong shapes of big cats, elephants and eagles.
Rooster images are easily found in different epochs and places,
but they seem to be a strikingly often recurring subject in
mid-century modernism. I have already dedicated a post to this subject
and era, but have since found lots more so here we go again...
Wills cover for Gebrauchsgraphik 1–1956, thanks to BustBright
Late 50s–early 60s rooster whistle by Arabia Finland,
thanks to Sagesparrow
Abraham Palatnik acrylic sculpture, ca. 1960