From here there be dragons by Alpha Auer
While walking through this impressive build my mind wanders to Dragons and their powerful impact on the psyche. My mind wanders to change, transformation, elevated spirit, hoarding, strength, courage and honor. Oddly to me Dragon energy can encompass both hoarding and honor. I suppose everything encompasses a light and dark side, good and bad, Love and hate.
Meditating on – what do I hoard and how can I change or transform that into strength and share it. (yeah I am a hippie)
Can we hoard something for a good reason? Time maybe.
Alpha Auer created a wonderful vision of shimmering golden Dragons of all kinds from different beliefs. It’s a beautifully thought provoking build. Look carefully while you are there and find the wonderful Alpha tribe avatar (free).
“When Medieval and Renaissance map makers got to the edge of the world, they used to write “beyond this place there be dragons,” meaning dangerous or unexplored territories that sailors should beware of before attempting to cross into them. This was expressed by the visual practice of putting dragons, sea serpents and other mythological creatures in uncharted areas of maps. In this installation I have used a Renaissance map, a leaf from Abraham Ortelius’s “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum,” as the floor of a dark, geometric architecture which floats high in the sky, depicting an abstract, reflected world guarded by tangibly real-looking dragons.
Dragons have always been with us, although we have come to deny their existence and their potency. G. K. Chesterton, who was also called ‘the prince of paradox,’ has noted that “the objection to fairy stories is that they tell children there are dragons.” But then, according to Chesterton, “children have always known there are dragons. Fairy stories tell children that dragons can be killed…  Fairy tales are more than true – not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”
“Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” says J.R.R Tolkien in chapter XII of ‘The Hobbit,’ adding that “It does not do to leave a dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” Tolkien desired “dragons with a profound desire,” and I do too because they are about unknown things – possibly grave dangers, but possibly also magnificent wonders which we cannot untangle unless we tackle the dragons that guard them first. These dangerous wonders reside within our inner selves as much as they reside in external circumstances. Of these it is the inner territory that interests me more – hence the abstraction of the architecture that my, seemingly real, dragons guard. Because what is unknown in the inner self is abstract, but our fear of it is very concrete. “ Alpha Auer
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Above photos by owl of Alpha Auer’s work.