Saturday, 1 July 2017

Inspiration for the Iron Giant?

MEXICO, 1930. Before Iron Man, before Hughes's Iron Giant ( a Literature unit I'll be using with grade 3 in term 3) Mexico had TROKA. These illustrations come from the Vanguardia en Mexico exhibition at the Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City.

The original illustrations were done in india ink by Julio Prieto in 1934. The quality of Prieto’s brushwork is evident in mural-sized reproductions of his artwork. The original TROKA radio dramas were aimed at children.

TROKA was the creation of author German List Arzubide. The giant android possessed the logic and intelligence to combat ‘religious superstition.’ …In 1939, a TROKA pantomime dance was created in which popular nursery rhymes and children’s folksongs were rewritten with rational anti messages.

Original images below and a modern reinterpretation 

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