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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being


"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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This is the green wall on the Darling Foundry which now houses an art
gallery. The top photographs were taken in August, the bottom
photograph was taken on November 19th.

factotum says:

The wall is the work of:

Jean Paul Ganem (France), vegetal installation
August 12th - 1st frost

Ombre de Ville as conceived by French artist Jean-Paul Ganem sits at the crossroads between visual arts and installation practice. Reflecting upon the aesthetic function of landscape and the environment the artist utilizes vegetation as the base material of his artistic practice. Working up the walls of the Darling Foundry and Cluny ArtBar this vertical garden presents a new aesthetic landscape and living urban space. Ombre de Ville is installed at the corner of Ottawa and Prince street and visible at all times, up until the first frost.

20th Nov 2007, 16:46

swamprose says:

vertical gardening is wonderful. there is another guy whose work you will love..I will have to find him.

nice one. take me there, eh?

20th Nov 2007, 17:24

Dhamaka says:

this is cool work

20th Nov 2007, 20:32

Viv says:

i like this

a different way of looking and thinking

21st Nov 2007, 01:20

itchymoblog says:

What a great construction. Is the turf always there, or is it just a temporary thing?

1st Dec 2007, 20:20