Thursday, January 26, 2012


There are only so many hours that you can read a book on an airplane without taking a break. Even a book as fascinating as The Power of Myth can make your eyes tired after hours of reading. So after I had our meal, whatever meal it was, I decided to watch a movie. Actually, I watched three films, two documentaries and one movie.

the first documentary that I watched was called the The Cave of Forgotten Dreams by Werner Herzog. It is a documentary of the Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc caves that were discovered in the Ardeche department of southern France. The caves were discovered in 1994 by Eliette Brunel-Deschamps, Christian Hillaire, and Jean-Marie Chauvet. The caves are named after Jean-Marie Chauvet. Radio-carbon dating puts the age of the caves and the drawings at about 30.000 years ago. These are the oldest cave paintings discovered to date.

Putting all the archeological data aside, the filming of the cave painting was spectacular. I was mesmerized by the primitive beauty of the horses, lions and bears and Rhinos. The animals seemed to come to life on the film. I was completely taken with theses cave paintings and I plan to do a series of pieces based on the Chauvet cave paintings.

Looking at these cave paintings is a glimpse through the lens of time. We have a privileged view  the world as these artists saw it. What could be more amazing than to see the world through the eyes of an artist who lived 30,000 years ago.

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