I don't think it's cheating to quote Roger Zelazny for my reaction. His words from "Sign of the Unicorn" fit what I felt when I saw this painting. It better be a painting! I'd be totally weirded out if this were a photograph! ;-P
I love trees. I can stand mesmerized staring up the trunk of a tree until... Well, until I'm interrupted. The most beautiful tree I've ever seen and touched was a huge copper beech which eventually morphed into the venerable and sentient Raril Tree in "Earthbow" (Narenta Tumults #2).
This tree certainly isn't like that copper beech, though I'm reluctant to say it is the Raril's antithesis...
The split trunk troubles me. Am I looking at just one tree? Are there two trees looking back at me, or is each one facing its own mirrored world?
What would happen if I pass this tree/these trees? Perhaps nothing at first. The two worlds may mimic each other most closely near their shared border. But suppose I walk as far as the copse beyond, of necessity with my back to the tree/trees?
"And have the sky be different..."?
This photograph has a long caption at its original site. The details provided are "real" of course in that each part of the description can be verified in the real world.
But what about your own imaginative theory with regard to this picture or any other painting or picture? Whatever you just imagined may have had little connection to the reality of the temporary artistic installation described below.
Does that matter? Not if you fantasized something that satisfies you--that feels "just so"* If you did, your Foto Fantasy for this photograph is "true" in the sense that well-written faerie tales and fantasy fiction are true. Your interpretation may even feel true to others. Don't be afraid to share it!
Romainmôtier is a small Swiss village that borders France. It is known for its modest population and picturesque town whose architecture is reminiscent of the Roman Empire. Like a small European village straight out of a movie, Romainmôtier holds a charming annual used book fair that takes place at the town church, which is rich with Romanesque architecture. In 2005, Swiss artist Jan Reymond began constructing elaborate installations each year, made of the old, unsold books as a last hurrah for the soon-to-be discarded objects.
Many of Reymond's book installations mimic the church and quaint town's round arches and stained glass fixtures that are common to the design of the era it echoes. The artist constructs surreal architectural landscapes that would make anyone do a double-take. They fill the arched doorways and restructure the spaces they inhabit without altering the aesthetic appeal. His installation called Rosace takes a wide and high-ceiling passageway and fills it with his suspended books, leaving a rounded pathway of its own for passersby to cross through. Additionally, there is even a stained glass window imitation on the arch made of books and discarded microfilms.
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