Bobi Martin

All About Scarecrows

Though many of us think of scarecrows as distinctly American, and most likely picture them as looking like the straw man from The Wizard of Oz, scarecrows come in many forms and are found in cultures around the world, dating back as early as the Egyptian farmers along the Nile River. From the ancient Japanese kakashi to Germany’s vogelscheuchen to many farmers’ simple stick and straw-filled figures, All About Scarecrows explores the use of scarecrows throughout history as a means of protecting crops, and more recently as an art form.