DRAWING NUMBER ONE
This piece is inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, The Little Prince. The lines of the model recalled the famous Drawing Number One of the story and invited the question: “What do you see?”
“After some work with a coloured pencil I succeeded in making my first drawing. My Drawing Number One. It looked like this:”
“I showed my masterpiece to the grown-ups, and asked them whether the drawing frightened them. But they answered: Frighten? Why should anyone be frightened by a hat?’
“My drawing was not a picture of a hat. It was a picture of a boa constrictor digesting an elephant.
“In the course of this life I have had a great many encounters with a great many people who have been concerned with matters of consequence. I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand.
“And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.
“Whenever I met one of them who seemed to me at all clear-sighted, I tried the experiment of showing him my Drawing Number One, which I have always kept. I would try to find out, so, if this was a person of true understanding.
“But, whoever it was, he, or she, would always say: ‘That is a hat.’ Then I would never talk to that person about boa constrictors, or primeval forests, or stars. I would bring myself down to his level. I would talk to him about bridge, and golf, and politics, and neckties. And the grown-up would be greatly pleased to have met such a sensible man.”
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – ‘The Little Prince’)