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Posted in architecture, art, beauty, iceland, landscape, light, lighthouse, mountains, scent, senses, symbology, time, travel, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2014 by dacarc

the alchemy of a place

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indescribable, dreamy, mystical, stunning, disorienting

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the visible elements:

lush green fields rolling under jagged peaks, washed in swaths of violet lupine

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stark glaciers falling into the ocean’s horizon

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endless lava deserts, blanketed in thick moss

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split chasms, cracked earth fissures

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photo by tim girvin

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milky blue lakes of steaming minerals, thrusting from deep underground

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heavy timber structures emerging, of the earth, stone-walled, turf sheltered

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rushing waterfalls, slicing over sheer rock mesas downward to the sea

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mist-shrouded peaks, veiled mysteries

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never-ending light, midnight sun

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standing stones, cairns, and rock-circles

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ice-shards, crystalline boulders streaming over black sand shores

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ancient codes, runes, and magical sigals

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bands of wild horses, roaming over lush green valleys

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the people, shielded by the powers of their natural island-world

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the invisible elements:

the scent of green, wet stone, salt-waters

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the desolation of no-where

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the absence of night

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no-time

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dark histories, volcanic destructions

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the chilled misted, crystalline air

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the heat of underground forces

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a place of mystery

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photo by tim girvin

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a magic place

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and the enduring strength of the people

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i c e l a n d

tate modern + 100 million seeds

Posted in architecture, art, china, light, london, Uncategorized on December 25, 2010 by dacarc

bridge over the river thames - london

on a beautiful sunday morning earlier this month, as the sun split the sky between snowstorms, i revisited the tate for ai weiwei’s sunflower seeds,  filling the volume of the gallery

100 million seeds in the tate gallery - london

in the plaza, the birch trees wavered their last few golden leaves in the bitter cold light

tate modern exterior - london

from the history page of the tate, the discovery and re-purpose of this powerful public place is outlined..

Built in two phases between 1947 and 1963, Bankside Power Station was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. He was also the architect of Battersea Power Station, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, University libraries in Oxford and Cambridge, Waterloo Bridge, and the designer of the famous British red telephone box.

tate modern chimney brick detail - london

imagining smoke streaking dark soot across a sharp blue sky – a powerful shadow of the past

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simple articulations balance the power of imposing form with a human hand

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soaring windows draw in volumes of light, uplifting imagination and creative spirit. the vast gallery has become an epicenter of legendary creative energy.

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the epic sunflower seeds took 1,600 people two and a half years to make. it is always hard to imagine, to visualize the massive numbers from china – like 1.3 billion people and the most populous city in the world. what does 100 million of anything look like?

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ai weiwei has said that he chose to reproduce sunflower seeds in porcelain because during the famine years they were one of the few reliable sources of food, comfort and social interaction. for him they symbolize the chinese people.

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each one, hand cast and painted with four black inked brush strokes. this entire village worked together – and they are ready for his next project..

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i wonder where they go from here?

sunflower seed - tate modern, london