And then there was Angkor Wat (part three)
In this post I will share some of the detail of which there is a lot so bare with me!
Every inch of this place just about is carved with ancient stories and patterns. I can imagine when this was built literally hundreds of people working on it carving, the noise must have been deafening all those hammers and chisels going at once. I also find myself wondering if one person designed the whole thing or maybe different people were in charge of different areas…questions questions.
First of all some of the cornices and mouldings round the columns and door frames.
Next onto the wall carvings from the internal walls. I particularly love the patina of age that some of these clearly show through the build up of layers caused by all sorts of external factors over the centuries.
Then we move onto much more sculptural carvings of figures still in the walls and doors but could almost be stand alone objects.
Then we have the buddhas which are dotted around all over the different levels and free standing objects in their own right. Looking back at my images it would seem I am particularly attracted to the ones with no head for some reason…I’m not sure what that says about me!
All of this workmanship is mesmerising and astounding. The hours it must have taken, the blood sweat and tears quite literally can not be fathomed. There is a wealth of inspiration here so I’m interested to see how this filters down into the work I make…keep an eye out for headless buddhas coming soon.