"Schadenfreude" features text taken from a auto-biographical display at Château Laroche by Harry D. Andrews, quote, "Europe in 1910 was a very unpleasant place for man and beast," describing the horrors of a soldier stationed in France during World War I. More than the brutality of war, Andrews took home with him the memories of the rugged Medieval fortresses. Back in America, he built a scaled model of the castles he saw on his tour in Europe dedicated to his Boy Scouts troop, under the commandments of the Knights of the Golden Trail.
Andrew served as a medic in WWI, objecting to the instruments of modern warfare that automated destruction and rendered obsolete the tenets of valor. The largest vulture pictured is a black vulture, known for their aggressive and predatory behavior. Their populations are rising in places where they were historically uncommon, overtaking native turkey vulture populations through their combined predatory and scavenging nature. The smaller vultures represented are the falling turkey vultures, symbolizing the destruction of another of its own species using unnatural tactics.
The black vulture here is a metaphor for loss of convention, disruption of order, and offensive manuvers directed against the innocent. If modern warfare is to elevate the destructive capabilities of man, then there need come a "repairer of the breach" (pictured on rear), to mend our morals so they align with our capabilities.
Hand-dyed with hand-foraged acorns and walnuts. Oversized cropped print with wrap-around detail. No two shirts are the same - the natural dye process creates subtleties in color.