Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Independent Project Phoenix Research

“It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes."~ Anne Baxter

Here are some lovely pictures of inspirational artists:

From HA Schult

Above shadow/trash art by Tim Noble and Sue Webster

"The above trash sculpture was created from recycled carrier bags as part of the Eden Project near Cornwall. Of course, trash ‘art’ isn’t limited to strange sculptures and architectural deconstructions. There is also a great deal of creative recycled urban furniture to keep an eye on not to mention some amazing works of recycled architecture created from bottles, cans, tires and basically any scrap that one can find in bulk." from:WebUrbanist

From the information I got from the library is that the Phoenix is from Greek mythology a well as Arabic lore: the Salamander("...sometimes a four-footed animal, sometimes a bird, living in fire") & 'anka ("...bears a vague resemblance to the roc or rukh and to the Garuda of Hindu mythology."). The Persian culture has the simurg "...thirty birds in one, lived 1700 years, and when the young hatched the parent of the opposite sex burnt itself to death." The Phoenix is also mentioned in Job xxix 18: "I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the phoenix." It also appears in Book of Enoch as "...a great serpent wiyh a crocodile head," and in Christian symbolism the Phoenix represents Resurrection.
All above quotes from:
Leach, Maria, and Jerome Fried. Funk & Wagnalls Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1949. Print.

& my only other book from the library...

"Phoenix   A mythical bird about the size of an eagle, graced with certain features of the pheasasnt. Legend has it that when it saw death draw near, it would male a nest of sweet-smelling wood and resins, which it would expose to the full force of the sun's rays, until it burnt itself to ashes in the flames. Another phoenix would then arise from the marrow of its bones (8). Turkish tradition gives it the name of Kerkes, and Persian Simurgh. In every respect it symbolizes periodic destruction and re-creation (38). Wirth suggests a psychological interpretation of the fabulous bird as a symbol of the 'phoenix' which we all keep within ourselves, enabling us to live out every momen and to overcome each and every partial death which we call a 'dream' (59) or 'change'. In China, the phoenix is the emperor of birds and a sun-symbol (5). In the Christian world, it signifies the triumph of eternal life over death (20). In alchemy, it corresponds to the colour red, to the regeneration of universal life (57) and to the successful completion of a process."
Cirlot, Juan Eduardo. A Dictionary of Symbols. New York: Philosophical Library, 1971. Print.
Now....for some pictures of these legendary beasties
We'll start off with Garuda...

Now for Simurgh..

 and the most important of importants..Phoenix!

 And now for some Final Fantasy interpretations of Garuda, Simurgh and the Phoenix. First up: Garuda

 And Simurgh
Phoenix time

  Got a majority of the FF pics from:

That's all for now. Later~!


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