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Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.


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The Highline

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The Highline is a brilliant piece of New York urban recycling.  It's a very clever use of a disused overhead railway line.  It runs along the west side near the Chelsea Market. Due to it's elevation, the views to the west across the Hudson and to the east across the New York skyscrapers are stunning. It's a sort of elongated, parkland/public space. I'm told that there are great crowds there in the summer.  The day I went in December it was very cold and windy.  The wind was coming across the Hudson. Not so many people there that day.  The old railway line is still visible.  There are places to sit and take in the views and catch some fresh air and sunlight. 

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The plantings are designed to look like the side of a railway track to maintain the original character.

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New Yorkers are very proud of this project. There are plans for several extensions. 

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Subway Diversions

 

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From Montsalvat, back, briefly to New York.  I know it's a stretch but stay with me.  

The New York subway experience was in the main noisy and smelly and overpopulated.  Two things saved it from unpleasantness.  The busking, particularly at Union Square, toe tapping was often the order of the day... and these cute little figures.  They were dotted around the subway in little unexpected places.  I managed to snap these pics on my way to other places. 

 

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PS. If you're itching to get back to Montsalvat (incidentally so am I), dont fret.  I'm still on the case and will bring you more Montsalvat Magic next week.  I intend to intersperse those blogs with more New York and local posts over the next month.

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More Montsalvat

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As these photos will show, the buildings at  Montsalvat have aged beautifully.  To the left of these arches sits the first dwelling to be built. It's referred to affectionately as "Lil's House". Lily was Justus' wife.  The house is constructed using pise-de-terre or rammed earth.  As it ages, it develops a lovely soft patina that emphasises the texture of the walls.  Similarly the courtyard below is enhanced by the patina of ages.

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At every turn the visitor is invited to explore the next little nook or find out what's at the top of another set of stairs. These steps lead up to the swimming pool within a courtyard beside the Great Hall.

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As I sat in the Chapel on Friday (remember that was the last building completed before Justus' death)I was struck by the atmosphere of Montsalvat.  The character of the buildings has a lot to do with that.  But there's something else at work.  I'm starting to see that the sheer force of creative energy that Justus Jorgensen exerted there  is embedded in every wall and sculpture of every building on the place.  I was reminded of Heide 1 at Heide Museum of Modern Art.  I consistently feel the presence and energy of Heide's founder Sunday Reed in those beautiful old walls.  Funny that they were contemporaries and lived only ten kilometers from one another. Something in the air perhaps?

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