David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

02 April 2010

Giant Tableau Proposed

London : Theatre of the Actors of Looking (International) has announced plans for a giant sculpture tableau to be built at Olympic Park in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The tableau will show a life-like 100-metre sculpture of the renowned British artist Anish Kapoor in a pose of formal regard, looking at a 115-metre sculpture of a maquette for a (this same) sculpture. Block-style figures and building sculptures will populate the pedestal on which the meta-maquette is based. The sculpture of Kapoor as Actor of Looking will show the upper half figure only and will appear to rise up out of the earth.

Scale model of the proposed tableau :

2010.04.02_model of proposed tableau
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