- Posted August 7, 2014 by
No Country for Old Men
"NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN" you read when you look at the picture I made of the artwork. The work is designed as a headpiece, called SAILING TO BYZANTIUM – and you may wonder on these words on first sight.
Looking at it in a virtual world you may understand the words in case you have seen the movie. There is a circle of life. There is life in this work. The diamonds are moving, they glow, the change of winds of destiny set sail.
The jewellery made by Belle Roussel, founder and owner of CHOP ZUEY, I got in an auction that was set up for the charity “Feed a Smile” within the Art in Hats Event directed by Quan Lavender. The End of No Country for Old Men points to the beginning when Sheriff Ed Tom Bell [played by Tommy Lee Jones] tells his Second Story:
“In the second, he and his father were riding horses through a snowy mountain pass; his father, who was carrying fire in a horn, quietly rode by with his head down, "going on ahead, and fixin' to make a fire" in the surrounding dark and cold. Bell knew that when he got there his father would be waiting.” [from Wikipedia].
This Second Story gives a bridge to bring to attention that the charity running Feed a Smile makes a reasonable amount of donations within Second Life, a virtual world now 11 years old. There is a video by Draxtor Despres on youtube to get more on it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha6gxbTw6iQ
With 100 Linden [= 30 ct], the currency in Second Life there is one meal for a kid in Africa. I paid 2.750 Linden for SAILING TO BYZANTIUM to Emma Portilo who did the silent auction on behalf of Brique Topaz, the representative of the foundation Feed a Smile in SL. Was it too much? You might know the answer on the first story of Ed Tom Bell where he lost “some money” his father has given him in good trust, in case you have seen the movie, otherwise just guess.
A word on SAILING TO BYZANTIUM by Chronicles of Chrome by Avalon Chrome brings as well a Second Story about what shall be told about this work, more the direct view:
"I’ve often wondered what inspires the creativity of a great mind like the brilliant designer behind Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery, Belle Roussel. Her recent fascinator called, “Sailing to Byzantium” is a creative reflection of the poem by the same name penned by William Butler Yeats. This extraordinary fascinator is a masterpiece of beauty, creativity and sophistication. Only a woman of profound intellect and sophistication could design such a thought-provoking masterpiece in honor of the poem behind its namesake."
For this poem - to catch it - you have to turn the artwork. It is on you to make your way to Second Life to the land of Belle Roussel. Worth the long travel for sure.
My hopes are high that this piece of art will be kept alive to be presented to all who see the message behind SAILING TO BYZANTIUM -- that there might be a Country for Old Men, just Feed a Smile …
… and as there are horses meant in this land, you may take a look after your thoughts are settled at my iReport My kingdom for a horse …