From the Museum of Underwater Sculpture, Cancun, Mexico
Dead Cities is an eerily beautiful publication by French artist Guillaume Greff documenting the architecture of Jeoffrécourt, an artificial town of 5,000 imaginary inhabitants in Northern France. As one of several generic urban environments designed by the French military in order to achieve excellence in warfare skills, Jeoffrécourt boasts a variety of architectures, from suburban homes, housing blocks, abandoned factories, to churches and mosques, not to mention specialized components like firing ranges and trained personnel that double as opposing forces and civilians. In his unsparing photographs Greff captures an uncannily pristine, yet ultimately desolate and miserable urban environment, built with the intention of neutralizing rather than sustaining human life.
In my head canon, Dharmaville was a similarly-constructed artificial town built as part of Operation Castle.
(Source: ohmothernature, via pansatyriam)
“Water is the commonest symbol for the unconscious … Psychologically, water means spirit that has become unconscious … Whoever looks into the water sees his own image.” — Carl Jung
(Jorge Garcia at an aquarium in the Bahamas)
The continent of Atlantis was an island which lay before the Great Flood in the area we now call the Atlantic Ocean - so great an area of land, that from her western shores those beautiful sailors journeyed to the South and the North Americas with ease In their ships with painted sails. To the East, Africa was a neighbor. Across a short strait of sea miles, the great Egyptian age was but a remnant of The Atlantean culture. The antediluvian kings colonized the world. All the Gods who play in the mythological dramas in all legends, from all lands, were from fair Atlantis. Knowing her fate, Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth. On board were the Twelve: the poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist, the magician, and the other so-called Gods of our legends. Though Gods they were, and as the elders of our time choose to remain blind, let us rejoice, and let us sing, and dance and ring in the new - Hail, Atlantis! — Donovan, “Atlantis”
Lower left: Sculpture of Lord Ganesha worshipping Lord Shiva (the Lingam) on Ben’s table (3x13, “The Man from Tallahassee”)
He did not write poetry,
He lived poetry before it existed.
He did not speak of philosophy,
He cleaned up the dung philosophy left behind.
He had no address,
He lived in a ball of dust, playing with the universe. — Zen poet Jung Kwung
Lord Ganesha worshipping Lord Shiva / the Lingam
“My ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”