Monday, April 17, 2006

the house on the rock pt 4: satan

downstairs, at the world's largest indoor carousel, the figures going around were a little strange.

however, they had nothing on the top tier of the carousel of the dolls. the figures there are roughly life-sized.


Blogger Carl V. said...

Great, creepy pics of House on the Rock! Makes me want to pull out American Gods again and read it! Would love to visit this American oddity someday.

4:53 AM  
Blogger jenn see said...

deeply bizarre. especially considering their scale.
very greco-nightmare.

11:43 AM  
Blogger BH said...

How freaking disturbing! Can you imagine being a child and seeing that?

12:40 PM  
Blogger DeeM said...

Just when I thought it couldn't get any creepier.

~closes eyes and visualizes puppies frollicking~

1:25 PM  
Blogger monkey 0 said...

carl v. - my sister's theory is that Gaimann went on about the carousel most of all just because it was the easiest thing to describe. I've never been to a tourist attraction where it took me ten minutes to explain just the basics of the site to my friends back home. "you see, it started out like this, there was this crazy white man in 1950..."

jenn - greco-nightmare. hah. exactly.

bh - luckily, the children I saw seemed pretty immune, they were just running around yelling.

deem - and the fascinating thing was that it was all set up like it was no big deal. oh, yeah, dolls, and satan, yeah, okay. it felt like walking around in this guy's brain.

2:39 PM  
Blogger BH said...

Where was this house again?

3:36 PM  
Blogger monkey 0 said...

just south of Spring Green, Wisconsin.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Graymalkin said...

I think some of the figures are also very easy to imagine as deities. Looks like there's a Bast in there at least.

5:03 AM  
Blogger mysfit said...

wow - that's something i want to see before i die - love the pictures, esp how the strange figures are depicted in the crooked photos - brings out the dream-elements...

7:35 AM  
Blogger monkey 0 said...

graymalkin - and yet, there's something pornographic about them... a lot of them were based, I think, on mannikins, but the dude carefully added prominent nipples and animal heads... but clearly there's a kind of not-at-all-subtle pagan quality to it all.

mysfit - yeah, now imagine the whole scene with weird, off-key carousel music, in the dark. oh, and that whole thing was rotating.

3:28 PM  

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