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winchester house

winchester house - california

palais ideal _ hauterives

palais ideal _ hauterives

Between Valence and Grenoble Francois Cheval – a french postman – build in 33 years his ‘palais ideal’. In California Sarah Winchester (the widow of the gun magnate) never stopped building her house. The Winchester Mansion was under construction for 38 years and is famous for it’s absent building plan. Their drivers to undertake these projects were different: Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) imposed this harsh discipline on himself to show that willpower could triumph over all manner of physical and mental difficulties, and also achieve a more perfect understanding of the nature of things and the nature itself. Sarah (1884-1922)  build the home for herself and for the spirits who had fallen from this winchester riffle. In 1978 Cathérine Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle begins laying out her Giardino dei Tarocchi on the estate of Carlo and Nicola Carracciolo at Garavicchio in Tuscany. Inspired by the Tarot cards, Niki begins a series of 22 monumental sculptures. In 1983 she moves into The Empress in the Tarot Garden and will use that building, designed in the shape of a sphinx, as a studio and home for the next seven years. The Official opening of the Tarot Garden is on May 15, 1998. Although Niki’s parc is a work of art, i can’t help thinking she was inspired by the nearby park of Monsters of Bomarzo that Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, constructed to vent the heart broken at the death of is wife Giulia Farnese. What do these projects have in common? They are still there to show us the dreams of the initiators and entice us with the stories that never seem to end inspiring others to live their dreams. So thumbs up for ambitious projects and the proof that ideals matter. And a moment of commemoration for the former Peter Stuyvesant Collection collected by Alexander Orlow, the Managing Director of Turmac Tobacco to improve the working environment and raise the spirits of his employees. Although it made good money it is sad that the collection is scattered. Since storytelling is a human trait worldwide, there must be more projects. It would be nice to make a (top)list of all these ambitious personal dreams.

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