laughingsquid posted an installation featuring the likeness of unlikely artist Ferdinand Cheval. (Link here)
Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924) spent 33 years painstakingly building the creation above, Le Palais idéal. Here is a quote of his about this awe-inspiring piece of artistic architecture:
"I was walking very fast when my foot caught on something that sent me stumbling a few meters away, I wanted to know the cause. In a dream I had built a palace, a castle or caves, I cannot express it well… I told no one about it for fear of being ridiculed and I felt ridiculous myself. Then fifteen years later, when I had almost forgotten my dream, when I wasn’t thinking of it at all, my foot reminded me of it. My foot tripped on a stone that almost made me fall. I wanted to know what it was… It was a stone of such a strange shape that I put it in my pocket to admire it at my ease. The next day, I went back to the same place. I found more stones, even more beautiful, I gathered them together on the spot and was overcome with delight… It’s a sandstone shaped by water and hardened by the power of time. It becomes as hard as pebbles. It represents a sculpture so strange that it is impossible for man to imitate, it represents any kind of animal, any kind of caricature."
"I said to myself: since Nature is willing to do the sculpture, I will do the masonry and the architecture…"
The building consists of cement, lime and mortar. He wanted to eventually be buried in his creation, which was forbidden in France. He went on to spend another 8 years to construct a mausoleum in which to be buried.
The last picture is of the stones he originally tripped over, the inspiration for this lifelong labor of artistic determination.