They can’t make a monkey out of me


Adriana Pons, Fèlix Ruiz




Elisava Masters Awards

“They can’t make a monkey out of me” narrates from a documentary perspective one of the most surrealistic trials held in the United States during the 1920’s. The case, popularly known as Monkey Trial, confronted John Scopes (gymnastics and science teacher at Dayton High School) before the State of Tennessee, after being accused of not respecting the Butler Act, a law that prohibited teaching evolutionary theories in public schools. The trial was international in scope, pitting the creationist movement, based on Christian principles, against the evolutionist movement, which supported Darwin’s theories.

The piece, created by students of the Master’s Degree in Editorial Design, groups the events in 7 chapters that correspond to the days of the trial. It also presents the most relevant characters and dialogues that took place. On a second level and through illustration, it summarizes the dispute between the two sides in a humorous tone.

To make the threaded bar, the wood was nourished with linseed oil for 48 hours and then threaded with the help of a tap. The hangers underwent a similar process, were nourished and the inner part was threaded with the tap to make them fit the bar. The result is a handcrafted, sustainable, simple and functional product.