Saturday, July 17, 2010

More on the Castle Builders

Castle Builders at Curious Experiment

I think building a medieval castle - orprince Ludvig's fairytale castle (Neuschawanstein Castle) - is, sure, interesting, and when one does it by oneself, fascinating... but interesting or fascinating enough to inspire me more than in the idea.

Tarodi Var,
Facteur Cheval's Perfect Palace (Palais Ideal),
Jim Bishop's Castle,
Don Justo Gallego's Cathedral of Our Lady,
Ed Leedskalnin's Coral Castle,
Nek Chand’s Secret Space,
Karl Junker’s Architectural Asylum
are sure interesting, but slightly boring...

What I'd like to say about that is:
- it would be more interesting to create the Customs Officer's paintings in architectural form...
- Niki de Saint Phalle's or Gaudi's mosaics
This is Niki de Saint Phalle's Grotto

This is Gaudi's Batllo house and Park Güell

About the Grotto of the redemption. Interesting idea... I especially like the "it was built using rare rocks from hundreds of miles away. Shells and semi-precious stones..."
Reminds me of a cassuck I saw in amber exhibition once... it was decorated with amber jewelry, necklaces, brooches, rings, that people had been donating to church.

Which, of course, leads me to Amber Room :-)
"...a complete chamber decoration of amber panels backed with gold leaf and mirrors. Due to its singular beauty, it was sometimes dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World"
" covered more than 55 square meters and contained over six tons of amber..."
"The Amber Room was looted during World War II by Nazi Germany and brought to Königsberg. Knowledge of its whereabouts was lost in the chaos at the end of the war. In 1979 efforts began to rebuild the Amber room at Tsarskoye Selo. In 2003, after decades of work by Russian craftsmen, the reconstructed Amber Room was inaugurated in the Catherine Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia."
- Wikipedia

P.S. About using interesting materials and such, look at Fonthill... built of concrete ;-)

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