A Tale of a Tub is inspired by the engravings and illustrations accompanying Jonathan Swift´s 1704 pamphlet of the same name. Swift´s work is a response to Thomas Hobbes´s Leviathan, one of the first treatises on the nature of legitimate government.
Engraving and illustration of Jonathan Swift´s 1704 pamphlet A Tale of a Tub
Swift´s work is a response to Thomas Hobbes´s Leviathan
In Dawood´s work, the whale represents the beast of the State, which threatens to destroy the vessel, prompting the sailors to throw overboard a barrel (or ‘tub’), representing their labour (or ‘capital’) to distract it. Factum Arte prepared a 3D digital model based on the engravings.
The model was subsequently 3D printed and cast in composite resin. The cast was then coated with polychromatic paint.
The final work