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The Cenotaph of Collage

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A cenotaph is a monument in the form of an empty tomb: a tomb commemorating those whose remains are interred elsewhere.

Before the Cenotaph (2012). Digital collage created & copyright ยฉ by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright ยฉ by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

 

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Robin from Israel June 12, 2012, 10:07 am

Love the colors on the collage, and the sort of retro space-age feel it has.

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 10:39 am

Thanks very much, Robin! Retro is what we’re all about here.

Liz June 12, 2012, 10:41 am

This is beautiful.

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 10:57 am

Thanks, Liz–I’m glad you like it!

Simply Delicious June 12, 2012, 12:28 pm

Nice work! Happy WW.

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 12:46 pm

Thanks for your visit and your comment! Happy WW.

Paula J June 12, 2012, 12:45 pm

I agree that the colors are lovely, and the retro vibe is awesome!!

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 1:43 pm

So glad you like it, Paula! Thanks very much for your visit and your comment.

Marina at My Busy Children June 12, 2012, 12:47 pm

love the ship on top ๐Ÿ™‚

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 1:42 pm

Thanks for your comment, Marina, and for noticing the ship!

Jeshurun June 12, 2012, 12:48 pm

I’m sorry, but I didn’t quite get this one…. Is the entire earth the empty tomb? Is it, just the entire southern hemisphere? Or, am I completely off base? I usually understand them much better.

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 1:41 pm

Thanks for your comment. At the start, I should explain that sometimes the text I write to accompany the pictures does not always refer exactly to them; sometimes the words are just there to evoke a feeling, mood, or atmosphere, without being exact references.

In this case I thought it was clear that the image of the world in the background was only a monument (as shown by the gallery or scaffold running around its equator). Evidently I was wrong–my apologies to you for the confusion! (Full disclosure: the image of the world in the background is a proposed monument to Columbus, which obviously was never built, since it is on a grand scale of a mile or more in diameter.)

stevebethere June 12, 2012, 1:14 pm

Brilliant as usual..love it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 1:44 pm

Thanks for the kind words, Steve!

aquariann June 12, 2012, 1:23 pm

Thanks to you, I learned a new word today. Great collage. Happy WW!!

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 1:45 pm

My pleasure, Aquariann! Glad you enjoyed the collage, and hope you have a great WW also.

Danielle @ Royalegacy June 12, 2012, 2:01 pm

The ship on top is a nice touch.

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 2:53 pm

Thanks, Danielle, but I can’t take credit for it; it was in the image before I collaged it.

Create With Joy June 12, 2012, 2:46 pm

Creative as usual! ๐Ÿ™‚

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 2:51 pm

Thanks for visiting us today, and for your nice comment!

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook June 12, 2012, 4:02 pm

Love the colors! Very creative, I enjoyed this week’s collage, especially the face on the shaver ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t know what a cenotaph was!

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 4:22 pm

Thanks, Carol! Glad you liked the collage.

Brandi June 12, 2012, 4:02 pm

Love it! So creative and unique…as usual ๐Ÿ˜‰

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 4:21 pm

Thanks for your visit and your comment, Brandi!

Char June 12, 2012, 4:11 pm

I love the correlation between technology, contemporary and traditional artwork. It’s a very thought provoking blend.
Cheers,
Char

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 4:20 pm

Thanks so much, Char–I appreciate your kind comment!

Joyce June 12, 2012, 4:20 pm

You always produce wonderful art!

Eric Edelman June 12, 2012, 4:23 pm

Thanks very much, Joyce–I appreciate your kind words!

Kathryn June 12, 2012, 5:35 pm

So neat! I love the combination of normal and surreal in the characters. ๐Ÿ™‚

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 12:13 am

Thanks very much, Kathryn! I appreciate your kind comment, and I’m glad you like the collage.

AVCr8teur June 12, 2012, 5:37 pm

Interesting imagery. Makes you ponder at its message.

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 12:12 am

Thanks for your comment. Yes, I’ll be pondering its message for some time to come.

Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails June 12, 2012, 5:47 pm

love the coloring. it reminds me of the original ‘Around the world in 80 days’ movie for some reason.

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 10:44 am

Thanks, Faythe! Now I want to see the film again and compare its coloring to that in the collage.

GrammyMouseTails June 12, 2012, 5:49 pm

your server has hiccups, so trying again… this reminds me of the original version of “Around the world in 80 days”.

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 10:42 am

Interesting–I did get both copies of your comment. Thanks for pointing this out; it hadn’t occurred to me before.

alissa apel June 12, 2012, 8:49 pm

Really interesting!

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 12:12 am

Thanks, Alissa!

Daryl - My Eyes June 13, 2012, 4:40 am

Its fabulous .. and I learned something new!

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 10:38 am

Thanks again, Daryl!

Daryl - NYC June 13, 2012, 4:40 am

Thanks for hosting and sharing your art

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 10:35 am

Thanks, Daryl–both are a pleasure!

Feeling Beachie - Hilary June 13, 2012, 5:54 am

as always, I love this!

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 10:34 am

Thanks very much, Hilary!

Rebecca @ The Copper Brick Road June 13, 2012, 7:36 am

Wow! Very awesome!

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 10:27 am

Thanks, Rebecca–Glad you like it!

Random Bits {soggy yard} June 13, 2012, 9:09 am

I caught your explanation of the use of the earth in the comments. I find the use of it, whether it’s for Columbus or not, quite poignant, juxtaposed with the Victorian lady and “robot.”

Eric Edelman June 13, 2012, 10:25 am

Thanks very much! I’m glad you liked the composition. For some reason, this one seemed to “flow” in a fairly straight line from initial idea to completion–unlike some other collages I’ve recently worked on. As for the “cenotaph” of the title, I’ve now remembered that years ago, I saw an illustration of a proposed monument to Newton that was a cenotaph (see http://www.wdl.org/en/item/2825/ for an illustration), which I suppose influenced the concept and title of this piece.

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly June 14, 2012, 3:08 am

Dig it – RETRO MODERN! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Wordless Wednesday!

Eric Edelman June 14, 2012, 9:49 am

Thanks! Retro-Modern is the way we like to roll. Hope you had a great WW.

Judy Haughton-James June 14, 2012, 11:05 am

Wonderful artwork! Thanks for hosting and have a good day.

Eric Edelman June 14, 2012, 6:06 pm

Thanks very much for your visit and your kind comment, Judy!

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