Chicken Army by Rodel Tapaya (Ginger Orange Edition) 10
Artist: Rodel Tapaya
Title: Chicken Army (Ginger Orange Edition) 10
Medium: Mixed media
Size: 15.16 x 4.92 x 3.94 in
Chicken Army by Rodel Tapaya
The inspiration for these series of sculptures came from a myth from Bulacan, Philippines, called the Origin of Birds. It tells the story that a long time ago there were still no birds on Earth. There were three kings then: Rajah Manuk, Rajah Uwak and Rajah Lawin.
Rajahs would fight to expand their dominions. Unsatisfied with all his victories, Rajah Manuk wished to conquer the two kingdoms ruled by Rajah Lawin and Rajah Uwak. They fought over nothing, but for cruelty and greedy ambition.
The gods got irked by their fighting and turned these humans into birds so that their descendants might not forget their gruesome acts. Since Rajah Manuk is the most greedy or worst among the three rajahs, his tribe was transformed into terrestrial birds that will forever stay grounded.