“It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!”
~ Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling
I adore the surreal, fairy tale look of taxidermy, yet there is no way I would ever have it in my my home! Still...
I found myself perusing the internet, in search of a reasonable alternative. Surely, if we can put men on the moon we can create a realistic looking goose or even a swan?
Enter this swan from the Linens and Things website! He needed a bit of touching up to make him more realistic.
With a bit of black paint, Annie Sloan Dark Wax and a crown votive candle holder I was able to create a Hans Christian Andersen fantasy atop the bibliotheque in the Library! The hardest part was removing the base that was welded on the votive holder! I knocked all the stars off the crown and had to reapply them with JB Weld!
I just love him!
He seems happy here...
He rests upon the story of The Ugly Duckling written by Hans Christian Andersen.
Seems fitting, no?