Sunday, 28 October 2012

Master of the Universe and The Virgin of Alsace

Master of the Universe : Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005)

Scottish Gallery of Modern Art,Modern Two began life as the Dean Orphanage.
Designed in 1830 by architect Thomas Hamilton,the building entered it's present incarnation when it
as acquired by the Scottish National Galleries,opening in 1999 as the Dean Gallery.

The gallery houses a collection of Dada and Surrealist works including a large body of work gifted
by Edinburgh born Sir Eduardo Paolozzi,before his death.

Unfortunately the galleries operate a no photos policy indoors.

This is one of my favourite buildings in the city,probably because it looks
and feels like an Italian palazzo. 
I can't begin to imagine the orphans' thoughts when they arrived here!

Ornate chimney construction.

Edinburgh skyline from the front terrace.

Foil :  Anthony Caro

Stone circle by Richard Long.

Behind this sculpture is the old Dean Cemetery which contains many elaborate
memorials to prominent city figures.

The Virgin of Alsace : Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Land Forms and Earth Angels

The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh consists of two Neo-classical buildings,
Modern One and Modern Two.

Modern One above,originally a school,was built in the 1820s and designed by architect William Burn.
Burn designed many churches,private houses and public buildings including 
Dawyck House and St.Johns Church.

Reclining Figure by Henry Moore (1898-1986)

The neon sculpture above the columns is by Martin Creed.


Landform by American landscape architect CHARLES JENCKS.

Soni Heights,  Nara Perfecture, Japan.

When I saw this photo (HERE) by my blog friend Cosmos,I was struck by the similarity to Charles Jenck's sculpture at the Gallery of Modern Art. This is Mother Nature's land art!

The building behind the land form and trees is gallery Modern Two.
I'll show this in my next post.

Earth Angels : by Meg Watson (1950-2002) : Oil on canvas.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Thomas and the Fairy Queen

A Fairy Tale from 13th century Scotland

One beautiful summer morning Thomas,the young laird of Echildoune,went out walking
 by the burn in the woods beside his castle.

He sat down beneath a tree to watch the birds and small animals.
As he lay there he became aware of the trampling of horses hooves and crackling of branches,
he looked up,and there before him was a beautiful golden haired woman on a dapple-grey palfrey.

She wore a dress and cape of bright green silk and on her head was a crown of precious stones sparkling
in the sunlight.Her saddle cloth was of red satin and her horse's reins were of corded silk
 hung with tiny bells which made the sound of fairy music as she rode along.
She introduced herself as the Queen of Fairyland.

Thomas was so beguiled by her beauty that he begged for a kiss.This was just what she wanted because
now she had him in her power. To his horror as soon as they kissed this lovely woman turned into
 a frightening old witch.

The terrified Thomas was told to jump on the back of her horse,and off they sped,fast as lightening,
deeper and deeper into the forest until they reached her castle in Fairyland.

Thomas spent seven years there in the service of the rejuvinated Fairy Queen.He was given the gifts of
truth,poetry and prophecy and returned to the spot beneath the tree where they first met.

Luckily for Thomas,seven years of fairy time equaled only three days of mortal time!

A braided silk rein for the Fairy Queen's horse.

Assorted fabrics,bells,gold threads,wood pigeon and blackbird feathers.

The process is shown HERE

Thomas returns to Fairyland - illustration circa 1900

Many years went by and people had almost forgotten about Thomas's visit to Fairyland.
One night while a banquet was being held at the castle,two snow-white deer were spotted by the
river. Thomas went out to meet them,then all three disappeared into the night,never to be seen again.
It was believed that the Hart and Hind were messengers of the Fairy Queen,sent
to escort Thomas back to Fairyland.

Today a hawthorn tree marks the spot,beneath the Eildon Hills near Melrose in the Scottish Borders, 

where it is thought that Thomas met the Fairy Queen.

Thomas of Learmont was an actual  person who lived in the tower of Ercildoune in the 13th century.
The building would have looked similar to Neidpath Castle,shown in a previous post HERE.

The tale of Thomas's trip to Fairyland has been the source of many works of art,writing and music.
As Thomas the Rhymer he is most remembered for his prophetic poems,many of which
 are said to have become true.His prophecies were documented in English Prophetic writings
of the 14 and 15 hundreds and in a chapbook of his poems handed down through the centuries.
There is also documentation of his signature on a legal charter,
signed  Thome Rymor de Erchildoune.

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