Monday, November 16, 2009

From the Vaults of Curious Expeditions



Last time the bunny introduced me a strange and interesting site about, well, strange things. This site is called Curious Expeditions: Traveling and exhuming extraordinary past. And it has many exciting stories and mysteries about the past. Since I am fascinated with historic past and it's intriguing tales as well as enigmas, I became interested with this site (and I helps too if a certain site has links to other blogs, so that I can look for other things that may suit my curiosity).

But one article from their archives that I became most intrigued about talks of the small statues of dwarf in Salzburg, Austria. It is actually a garden filled with dwarf statues, called Zwerglgarten, or “Dwarf Garden” created in 1715 by prince Archbishop Franz Anton Harrach. You can click the here for the link to this curious site. These over-sized garden gnomes might not be categorized as fantastically grotesque, but are more of nameless memorials of the court dwarves who are simply differently formed in nature, and are represented as thus.

Sadly, they never mentioned the artist of the dwarves, or probably they don't know who actually made it, and the commissioner never puts his or her name in records. Sometimes, I am dissappointed with the artists who were so skilled yet they are forgotten by time, or were never recognized, and now we hardly know their names even if their works still exist amongst us. But perhaps it's their destiny to not to be recognized by future generations, or even by their contemporaries, to preserve their strangeness and the mystery of their work. Or because they just haven't really given thought to fame and immortality, and they simply did what they wanted to do.

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During the past seven days, we had a meteor shower in our country. Though quite sadly I missed them due to my usual sleeping schedule, since I usually sleep early and wake up minutes after the sun had risen.

39 comments:

The Revolutionary said...

My initial response to that terrifying dwarf statue was one of fear. Is that normal?

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sian tiksom said...

I dont think it would be very good to be a dwarf since it is a gross physical deformity to be short of stature as an adult. Perhaps artists of the past did not sign their names to such art work depicting defects because they were ashamed to be exploiting hideously deformed people as curiosities for public amusement. As if they were just another cute subject and to be a dwarf was a trivial event to happen to a person.
Would it kill you as an artist to use your talent to depict the social reality of people in a catholic country unable to get abortions even if the fetus is detected as a dwarf?
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Sometimes, they just a bit lazy to make the links..at least I think so. ^-^
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Anna Marie said...

Wow! I love this post. And I am liking your blog in general. btw, the link to http://curiousexpeditions.org/?p=656 is missing the "h" in the http so it doesn't work.

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Dionysus said...

Went to this garden when I was in Salzburg two years ago, it is a very intreguing place.

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pilgrimchick said...

Great subject for a blog here--very unusual.

I think the concept of that garden is remarkable, outside of the art itself. Amazing.

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Ellie said...

that dwarfy thing is a little frightening.

Sincerely Alej said...

very interesting, but yes so many artists are forgotten, but i think these days we keep a better record of the ppl we want to remember, n theres so many more ways to leave ur mark on the world

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