Well, it's not made of wicker and nobody's donning a bee helmet in its presence, but this wooden Mickey effigy in Moengo, Suriname certainly looks like it should be burnt in a fertility ritual, jam-packed with talking forest fauna.
The sculpture, "Monument for transition," was spearheaded by artist Wouter Klein Velderman. The giant wooden mouse symbolizes the modernization occurring in the small South American nation. Notes Klein Velderman on his website:
Monument for transition is a monument for the constant changes that the people of Moengo are subject to. It's as well a monument for changes in the past as for changes that are happening on this very moment [...] Wouter Klein Velderman wanted to use an existing icon that stands for a certain kind of transition. One of the icons that changed Western society a great lot, is the Walt Disney cartoon Mickey Mouse. Therefor Klein Velderman asked the people of Moengo and children from the surrounding villages to help him rebuilding the Mickey Mouse cartoon, but this time using techniques, materials and to add (woodcarving) elements from and about their own culture.
Furthermore, the structure's legs are loaded with symbolism. Woodcarver David Linga transformed the giant mouse's legs into totem poles:
The legs are two tree trunks, both with a length of 12,5 meters. Linga chainsaw modelled them into a depiction of the habitants of Moengo through the years. Starting at the bottom, you can see the American, who discovered the existence of Bauxite in Moengo. Bauxite is the basic material for the production of aluminum. The Americans are wearing a shirt and a tie. That's why on the right leg a tie is depicted. On top of the American we can see the Indian. They are on top of the American because they were the first habitants of Moengo. The Indians are wearing a kamisa. The first plantation workers of Moengo were the Javanese people. So David put them on top of the Indians. The Javanese wear a tai koto. And all the way on top there are the bosland creoles, they are now living in Moengo. The Bosland Creoles wear a pangi.
If you see Christopher Lee lurking around this sculpture, skedaddle in the opposite direction. You can see more photos at Klein Velderman's site.
[Spotted on The Wooster Collective]