"Knight, Death and The Devil."
This the the first print i have made since the spring and will be the last of this year.Limited to a run of 50 will be available for sale tomorrow night.
Sights of Ireland I: Newgrange
Newgrange is an enormous 5000 year old neolithic drystone passage grave. Inside (no photos allowed) is a chamber perfectly illuminated by light through the “window” above the entrance at sunrise on the winter solstice. There are three side chambers, where bodies and grave goods were discovered. A beautifully smoothed stone basin is in the center of one of the chambers. Many of the stones bear mysterious markings as do two large stones on the outside. This area is full of dozens of graves, most smaller, but two as large as Newgrange. The sense of history and spiritual continuity is almost overwhelming.
You cant beat a bit of newgrange.
The place older and more technologically advanced than the pyramids at giza. Its water tight and it doesnt fall below 10 degrees celcius even in winter, and thats more than 5 thousand years after it was built.
People see faces and plants, mythological sun chariots and maps of the sky in the art on Newgrange but its the only non representational art style in Europe until the 19th century. So without a rosetta stone we have no idea what any of it meant. People just see what they want to see.
Its one of 3 types of neolithic monuments representing the tribal centres of different stone age ethnic groups at the time. Passage Tombs, Court Cairns and Portal Tombs/Dolmens. It was a subsistance lifestyle back then where people focussed on surviving and leaving that aside to build a monument is huge.
The more complex a monument the more manpower involved and the more dominant the group.The manpower involved in building newgrange probably means that they had to get the other ethnicities to help them construct it. So they might have been the dominant tribal group.
We arent sure which monument in the boyne valley is bru na boinne but newgrange might have been mentioned in medieval lit/myth. The entrance had collapsed but the site still had cultural significance in Ireland 1000s of years on.
Hows that for a building job. My house will probably be pulled down shortly after Im dead.
Today we learned that in the 1930s some people entertained large crowds by skating in giant frying pans with slabs of bacon on their feet. It may not be the most efficient way to fry bacon for a big group of people, but it sure is novel.
We aren’t aware of any contemporary bacon skaters, so this seems to have been a fleeting craze, which is a shame. Professional Bacon Skater would look awesome on a résumé.