Title: CLOWN KIKA
Part of series: Cute Clowns / Classical Themes
Produced in: 2017
Material: multicolor composite 3D print
Print height: 25 cm
Edition: 8 unique pieces
Extra: Hear no evil / See no evil / Speak no evil
The concept of the three monkeys originated from a simple play on words. The saying in Japanese is mizaru, kikazaru, iwazaru (see not, hear not, speak not), where the -zaru is a negative conjugation on the three verbs, matching zaru, the modified form of saru ‘monkey’ used in compounds. Thus the saying (which does not include any specific reference to ‘evil’) can also be interpreted as referring to three monkeys. According to Osho Rajneesh, the monkey symbolism originated in ancient Hindu tradition and Buddhist monks spread this symbolism across Asia. The original Hindu and Buddhist version contains 4 monkeys. The fourth monkey covers his genitals. The first monkey denotes ‘Don’t listen to the truth because it will disturb all your consoling lies’. The second monkey denotes ‘Don’t look at the truth; otherwise your God will be dead and your heaven and hell will disappear’. The third monkey denotes ‘Don’t speak the truth, otherwise you will be condemned, crucified, poisoned, tortured by the whole crowd, the unconscious people. You will be condemned, don’t speak the truth!’ The fourth monkey denotes ‘Keep your pleasures, your joys, hidden. Don’t let anybody know that you are a cheerful man, a blissful man, an ecstatic man, because that will destroy your very life. It is dangerous’. In the Western world both the proverb and the image are often used to refer to a lack of moral responsibility on the part of people who refuse to acknowledge impropriety, looking the other way or feigning ignorance.