Statues are often idealized works of art. They are ideological, political or religious representations and attempt to turn their subjects into fascinating, eternal figures. Even when erected to keep alive the memory of a single person, a statue that lasts many generations will eventually establish itself as a symbol for the community.
Statues are even more influential when they are monumental. An edifice can be said to be monumental when it is unusual, extraordinary and physically imposing. It has to be abnormal — as exceptional as the political or religious power itself — and also inseparable from its symbolic aspects.
The series “Colosses” is a study of the landscapes that embrace monumental commemorative statues.
SoP | Scale of Environments
Every time I’ve ever seen an artist’s interpretation of what the Colossus of Rhodes looked like, I’ve always wondered what it would have really looked like. That is why this is awesome to me..
Art by John Blanche
Gustave Doré - Paradise Lost - The Angels look over Hell
Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimeras dire.
In confus’d march forlorn, th’ adventrous Bands [ 615 ]
With shuddring horror pale, and eyes agast
View’d first thir lamentable lot, and found
No rest: through many a dark and drearie Vaile
They pass’d, and many a Region dolorous,
O’er many a Frozen, many a fierie Alpe, [ 620 ]
Rocks, Caves, Lakes, Fens, Bogs, Dens, and shades of death,
A Universe of death, which God by curse
Created evil, for evil only good,
Where all life dies, death lives, and Nature breeds,
Perverse, all monstrous, all prodigious things, [ 625 ]
Abominable, inutterable, and worse
Then Fables yet have feign’d, or fear conceiv’d,
Gorgons and Hydra’s, and Chimera’s dire.
~ John Milton, Paradise Lost (Book 2)
And those may just be my absolute favorite lines of poetry from all Gothic literature.
think you should probably lose the my there, that’s the cougar’s house now
The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft
Illustrations by Frank Utpatel, 1st ed. hardback 1936