Shadowed Fables (3 of 6): The Four Oxen and the Lion

In the Four Oxen and the Lion, four oxen perish due to an argument.

This piece, in the Shadowed Fables series, has the most simplistic design of all of the shadow boxes. I let the models fill the frame, creating some negative space that gives the impression that these animals are in a field together.

Why I chose it:
Having worked in one team or another for most of my adult life, I see the value of a simple reminder that a lack of communication can destroy even the strongest groups.

Four origami oxen and an origami lion mounted in a shadow box

The Four Oxen and the Lion

A Lion used to prowl about a field in which four oxen used to dwell.

Many a time he tried to attack them; but whenever he came near they turned their tails to one another, so that whichever way he approached them he was met by the horns of one of them. At last; however, they fell a-quarrelling among themselves, and each went off to pasture alone in a separate corner of the field.

The lion then attacked them one by one and soon made an end of all four.

Story source: Aesopfables.com

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