Damian Castaldi &
Into the Woods Red Mountain Hood, 2019
Discarded black umbrellas, recycled plastic bottles, netting, MP3 player
Image: Keith Maxwell
Our work presents the kinetic sculpture of a red caped figure standing in the forest. As one moves towards her, she may move her head – are you being watched? Fairy tales may have a happy ending (sometimes) but they are mostly paved with chilling and terrible things. Little Red Riding Hood as we know it was written in the 17th Century by Charles Perrault, with earlier poetic versions dating back to the 11th Century, and yet the sight of that little girl in her red hooded cape still fills us with an undefinable sense of dread more than 200 years later.
What is it about some fairy tales that allows their creepiness to transcend time? Is it because the dangers lurking within these stories still exist today? After all, the moral of Little Red Riding Hood is stranger danger. As the fairy tale goes, “Children, especially attractive, well-bred young ladies, should never talk to strangers, for if they should do so, they may well provide dinner for a wolf.” The metaphor here is the wolf.