• Image of 'Chicken Little Syndrome'
  • Image of 'Chicken Little Syndrome'

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary records the first application of the name 'Chicken Little' in 1895, to 'one who warns of or predicts calamity, especially without justification’. The term 'Chicken Little syndrome' is applied to someone who elicits a societal response through fear mongering.

Inspired by a vintage Macintosh oak leaf biscuit tin, 'Chicken Little Syndrome' is based on the folk tale 'Chicken Licken'; a moral tale about a chick who believes the world is coming to an end when an acorn falls on its head. The phrase "The sky is falling" features prominently in the story, translated into English as a common idiom that indicates a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent.

Making light of paranoia and mass hysteria, the moral of this fable is not to be unreasonably afraid, or a 'Chicken', but to have courage.

Dimensions: H66cm x W25cm x D21cm

Mixed Media:
Vintage Composition Doll,
Vintage Macintosh Oak Leaf Biscuit Tin,
Vintage Fluted Savarin Mould,
Vintage Bun Tin,
Vintage Cake Tin,
Vintage Wheel,
Vintage Button,
4 x 15W Coloured Bayonet Cap Pygmy Lamps,
Old English Antique Brass Bayonet Cap Lamp holders,
3 Core Dark Brown Silk Covered Flexible Cable,
Junction Box,
Tough Plug fitted with a 3 Amp Fuse,
Threaded Metal Bar,
Various Nuts, Bolts, and Washers,
PAT Tested.

Please be advised:

Though these assemblage sculptures contain vintage doll components that may have once been played with by children, this piece is not a toy to be played with.

As with all bulbs, they get hot! I use low 15 wattage bulbs on each piece but the bulbs still shed heat, so be advised to display your piece in a suitable location.

Overseas Enquiries:

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Also note - as these sculptures operate on UK voltage (220-240 V 50 Hz) you will need a voltage converter to use them overseas.

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