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Victoria's Secret by Suilenroc Victoria's Secret by Suilenroc
Empress's Gone,
Empire's Remembered,
Statues Raised in Hate.


Based on a photo showing detail from the base of a somewhat strangely baroqued statue to Queen Victoria in Newcastle.

May 2008.
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Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
Does the title have anything to do with Sonata Arctica? ...Anyway, this is to me evocative of a corpse cast in stone. Yet it might also be a sleeping cherub, an angel of love forever shackled in stone... Who knows? But I like this last idea.

Guess what? I even find some kind of "industrial" sci-fi feeling in this. I think it's because I link it to a pretty similar picture painted by Giger (on which the face is replaced by a skull). Though I assume this has nothing to do with it.

I'd be curious to check out the originial photogrpah, if you've got it somewhere in your files (perhaps you could post it among your scraps?).
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
We'd not heard of that band so no. The title relates to this being a close up snap showing the decorative base of statue of Queen Victoria in Newcastle (1903) so a bit before Giger. We've posted links in other comments to show the statue in all it's hideousness. If you still want the snap after that We'll dig it out.
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Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
K, I found the link. That statue is bloody hideous indeed! You've got some weird decorative stuff, in England! And "decorative" is a most inappropriate adjective to describe it... I understand how that can be inspiring.

Definitely nothing to do with Giger, then. Nor with Sonata Arctica (and it's best : that "power" band is far too cheesy).
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13PaVel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Great!
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thanks! :)
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
groovy
almost giger esque
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Very groovy - and We thought it looked giger-esque too - but the bronze statue was created in 1903 - a bit before Giger took up his airbrush. :)

Here's the whole statue [link] - We just focused in on the children's faces as the base.
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
cools. childrens faces are creepy
and yeah id say maybe giger got inspiration from these chaps then :D
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Possibly - but unlikely! :nod:
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firstmatecheshire Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
wowza.
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thanks! ;P
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
The contrast of flesh and stone gets me excited. Like some kind of genius loci seen out of the corner of the eye. A spirit that decided to inhabit the stone and take on its form, momentarily visible. Excellent, would like to see more on this concept...
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thank you kindly. It's not really Our work as such - it's worked up (and messed with by Us) from a detail close up picture We took of a series of childrens faces embedded in the decorative base of a statue of Queen Victoria in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. You can just make it out here [link]

Each childs face is lifesize, unique and quite erie - and made of metal. So you can see where We messed with it - metal made to look like stone and flesh. :)
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labornthyn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2008
She looks like a bloated insect brooding atop those sad and crushed little souls...
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
Good call and probably the orginals artist's intention - Queen Victoria is reported to have hated Newcastle - the enegine room of her empire.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
heh- nicely done! good job on the stone work, and there is something ever so creepy about all the faces you used
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Suilenroc Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008
Thanks Kitty.

But this is based on a close up photo We took of one of the childrens faces embedded at the decorated base of a statue of Queen Victoria in Newcastle-Upon Tyne - you can just make it out here [link] . Each of the childrens faces around the base is lifesize, individual and quite surreal.
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Xerces Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
ah- yeah- i see it
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