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    The Death of Flowers

    THE MELANCHOLY days are come, the saddest of the year, Of wailing winds, and naked woods, and meadows brown and sere. Heaped in the hollows of the grove, the autumn leaves lie dead; They rustle to the eddying gust, and to the rabbit’s tread. The robin and the wren are flown, and from the shrubs the jay, And from the wood-top calls the crow through all the gloomy day. Where are the flowers, the fair young flowers, that lately sprang and stood In brighter light and softer airs, a beauteous sisterhood? Alas! they all are in their graves, the gentle race of flowers Are lying in their lowly beds, with the fair and good of ours. The rain is falling where they lie, but the cold November rain Calls not from out the gloomy earth the lovely ones again. The wind-flower and the violet, they perished long ago, And the brier-rose and the orchis died amid the summer glow; But on the hill the golden-rod, and the aster in the wood, And the yellow sun-flower by the brook, in autumn beauty stood, Till fell the frost from the clear cold heaven, as falls the plague on men, And the brightness of their smile was gone, from upland, glade, and glen. And now, when comes the calm mild day, as still such days will come, To call the squirrel and the bee from out their winter home; When the sound of dropping nuts is heard, though all the trees are still, And twinkle in the smoky light the waters of the rill, The south wind searches for the flowers whose fragrance late he bore, And sighs to find them in the wood and by the stream no more. And then I think of one who in her youthful beauty died, The fair meek blossom that grew up and faded by my side. In the cold moist earth we laid her, when the forest cast the leaf, And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief: Yet not unmeet it was that one like that young friend of ours, So gentle and so beautiful, should perish with the flowers.

    - William Cullen Bryant (American, 1794 - 1878)

    Frank Lloyd Wright meets Walt Disney

    "Walt Disney is something unique. He is what he is. I think that he happened to stumble upon the future development of the cinema. I don’t think it was his fault. He happened in on it with this peculiar gift of his, which I think is precious. It shouldn’t be violated. He shouldn’t become too art conscious."

    - Frank Lloyd Wright, age 70, visiting Walt Disney Studios in 1939.

    Walt, then age 38, had invited Frank Lloyd Wright to meet the artists working on Fantasia. FLW criticized their work for being too sentimental and cheapened by commercialism. He encouraged them to make their designs less "box office" and more abstract and artistic.

    Best of 2013, Hideback Edition

    My Favorites

  • Paris Expo 1900:
  • Those Wings: 10,275; Haeckel’s Creatures at the Gate: 154; Electric Rainbow Chariot: 190
  • Dark Symbols:
  • Death Skull Garden: 653; Calendar of Darkness and Witchcraft: 462; Harry Clarke Crucified: 73; Christian Shamanism: 228; Kubin's Death Obsession: 482
  • Frank Lloyd Wright:
  • Mayan Inspiration: 1,895; Stained Glass: 757; Unbuilt Cathedral: 527; Imperial Hotel: 247
  • Sculpted Architecture:
  • Fountain of Ice: 919; Obrists Ethereal City: 178; Crazy House: 380; Sea Ranch Chapel: 25; Sacred Grove of the Monsters: 159; Tower of the Apocalypse: 63; Surreal Towers: 882; Nosferatu Castle: 451; Dragon Art Nouveau: 72; Katamari City of Vytautas Laisonas: 831; Spirit d’escalier at Graz: 1,214
  • Raw and True Art:
  • Wolfi: 206; Yoakum: 310; Dellschau: 417; von Bruechenhein: 24
  • Beardy French Dudes:
  • Léon Bonnat: 97; Flandrin: 42; Les Nabis: 58
  • Bills ’n me in Sicily:
  • St Sebastian: 123; Footsteps of Friedrich: 21; Madonna della Rocca: 13
  • Back Home in Oakland:
  • Mountain View, Our Friendly Neighborhood Cemetery: Adams Tomb: 30; Wisteria Lane: 22
  • San Francisco:
  • Flaming Cliff House: 253; House of ‘13: 57; Mary Hopkins: 47
  • Misc:
  • Hieronymus Bosch and Our Fabulous Pink Cabana: 541
  • Wicked Divas: 1,924
  • Cloud Ghosts: 766
  • Nabokov’s Art Nouveau Home: 176
  • Munchausen’s Animatronic Sea Monster: 1,216
  • Statues on the Sea Floor: 1,219
  • Obrist’s Curve in the Line: 178
  • True Color: 6,720
  • ODILON REDON. Le Prince du REVE.

    "Il faut respecter le noir. Rien ne le prostitue. Il ne plaît pas aux yeux et n’éveille aucune sensualité. Il est agent de l’esprit bien plus que la belle couleur de la palette ou du prisme."

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    "L’Araignée qui sourit, les yeux levés au ciel". 1881.

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    "La Folie". 1885

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    " L’Oeil, comme un ballon bizarre se dirige vers l’infini", 1882

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    " Démon ailé tenant un masque", 1876

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    "Le Polype Difforme flottait sur les rivages, sorte de cyclope riant et hideux", 1882

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    " Le prisonnier".

    Some great tumblrs, September 2013

    Just a VERY PARTIAL list - in no particular order:

    ART & ARCHITECTURE:

    vertigo1871.tumblr.com

    f-featherbrain.tumblr.com

    russianavantgarde.tumblr.com

    lacriniere.tumblr.com

    averysdreams.tumblr.com

    vama1986.tumblr.com

    rougerothko.tumblr.com

    xessentia.tumblr.com

    laclefdescoeurs.tumblr.com

    1910-again.tumblr.com

    unavidamoderna.tumblr.com

    nends.tumblr.com

    rolandscapes.tumblr.com

    catonahottinroof.tumblr.com

    janpadorabox.tumblr.com

    booksnbuildings.tumblr.com

    DARKNESS:

    evergod.tumblr.com

    somehallows.tumblr.com

    mountingthetumulus.tumblr.com

    mizisham.tumblr.com

    PERSONAL:

    sugarmeows.tumblr.com

    petepushpin.tumblr.com

    beardbriarandrose.tumblr.com

    officerofmonkeyproblems.tumblr.com

    suso-de-la-sierra.tumblr.com

    fiercebear.tumblr.com

    etherealvignettes.tumblr.com

    fiacre.tumblr.com

    woollymuffler.tumblr.com

    worldintheevening.tumblr.com

    theofficialbillette.tumblr.com

    mermanonfire.tumblr.com

    queerlyhypersensitive.tumblr.com

    (NSFW/ 18+): langoaurelian.tumblr.com

    bibidebabideboo.tumblr.com

    ffactory.tumblr.com

    lemon2jul.tumblr.com

    Wooden Skyscrapers and Broken Angels...

    Nikolai Sutyagin’s wooden 13 storey house and the Broken Angel House…

    Nikolai Sutyagin’s home (below) in arkhangelsk, a city in Russia’s far north-west. For the past 15 years sutyagin has dedicated much of his spare time to transforming the house into what is considered the tallest wooden building in the world, or at least russia. At present the building has 13 floors and stands at 144ft / 43m high. 

    House of Broken Angels: 

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