Tall Tale Postcards were the first edition in the series of published works from Big Rock Candy Mountain. The culmination of four months of comic-utopic exaggeration and surrealist image-making with a class of grade 4/5 students, these postcards were produced as a risograph edition by Color Code in Toronto.
As sung by the teacher and students every week, the kid-friendly version of the folk song “Big Rock Candy Mountain” imagines a world where there is no homework, bubblegum grows on trees and every day is your birthday. The notion of these bizarre lyrical bounties were expanded upon through various projects within the school environment, including a chandelier made of steak and a pumpkin patch in the playground.
Project curator Vanessa Kwan expands on the process leading up to the making of the Tall Tale Postcards in her essay, Big Rock Candy Mountain: The Start of Something Bigger and Smaller.