Elephant in Dhauli Hills,Orissa.
The advantage of philosophy over other expressed mediums is that it can be expansive , others can argue and project their view point and the 'concept' grows on the initial platform. A visual has no such possibility - once sculpted and painted, the subject belongs to the viewer. Before I go the visuals, I shall quote two paragraphs from Alan Lightman's ' Einstein's Dreams' : a book best described by Los Angeles Times' --- 'Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of Time'.In one of the chapters he has written :
' There is a place where time stands still.Raindrops hang motionless in air.Pendulums of clocks float mid-swing Dogs raise their muzzles in silent howls....As a traveler approaches this place from any direction, he moves more and more slowly. His heartbeats grow slower further apart, his breathing slackens, his temperature drops, his thoughts diminish, untill he reaches dead center and stops.For this is the center and stops.For this is the center of time.From this place , time travels outward in concentric circles...'
Written in 1992.In this 'story', he has used a dozen imageries . The concept of slowing down to stillness at the centre of this world makes deep impact on the Reader's mind, somewhat like what we find in 'Time Transfixed' painting by the surrealist painter Rene Magritte. It is said about him that his paintings challenge viewer's 'preconditioned perceptions of reality'.
This painting (1938) was initially purchased by Edward James - a patron of surrealist art. Rene wanted this painting to be hanged at the starting point of the staircase so that visitors climb up to the ballroom upstairs with 'stab' from the locomotive.The title of the painting , translated in English would have been 'Ongoing Time Stabbed by a Dagger'. Reane was unhappy with the commonly accepted title 'Time Transfixed ' as well as the fact that the painting was hung above James' fireplace.
I find an irony here : the painter wanted viewers to be 'stabbed' by the emerging locomotive while the viewers took the theme as transfixed time !
Pair of elephants