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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Layers of Time

A few contemporary marks made on the face of historic French buildings ironically seem to bring us full circle to the ancient Mediterranean worlds of Crete and Rome-- The first on the cathedral annex in Nantes looking mighty like a Minoan bee goddess or the same culture's bell skirted lady of serpents. Others appear farther south in Arles, where the cruel art of bullfighting goes on in a Roman era arena, continuing a history of blood sports and finding its way into graffiti throughout the city--- the images look amazingly similar to Minoan frescoes of ritual bull vaulters. And lastly the ciggy smoking Cheshire cat, though he seems to own no overt connection, lives here as the ultimate vanishing time traveller who sees all...and seems to understand.

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