An old blog post, edited a little.
It would be impossible to discuss megalithic statues and not mention my current favorite (for the record, Genghis Khan in Mongolia is at No.2). Enter the Colossus of Rhodes. In one sentence, it is an idea of pure, simple and utmost genius to bring it to life again. I found this quote on their YouTube channel, and that just makes me like the project and these guys even more.
Though watching the video made my blood freeze and propelled me straight under the covers, my first thought was to send a message to a potential travel companion with the words, no matter where we are when this is finished, no matter what we’re doing in life, we are so going there when it’s complete.
My second reaction was to show this to anyone not smart enough to leave my place when I started watching the video, because they knew this would happen. Once I find something I’m interested in, and especially when I’m obsessed with it, I will not shut up. Immediately an argument ensued, all before reading anything on the subject.
Sceptic: Who’s funding this?
HkiBp: Various organizations, patrons, societies, crowdfunding.
Sceptic: To what purpose?
HkiBp: To show what people felt back then, to boost the economy, consolidate history.
Sceptic: So the EU does have money? And it’s coming out of our taxes.
HkiBp: No one’s taking your taxes. Rich people are paying, they can afford it, they want to do this, no one’s holding a gun to their head.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Until. Sceptic, having read some more reviews, taking another look at the video: He’s beautiful. His face, it’s absolutely beautiful.
Maybe the boost to the economy seems obvious. But it’s the best feeling in the world to see that you and the people who created a project you could stand behind one million percent think alike. Not just because it gives you a feeling of kinship, but also because it shows that you’re not alone in the way you view the world. And to be preachy for one second, what better proof of art being necessary in the world is there if art saves the day where economic experts failed?!
On a personal level, having “engaged” with the project over the past four hours, makes me want to declare peace on my arch enemy and do something really and truly nice for the schmuck. If art makes just a fraction of us feel that way, and we had something similar in all war torn areas – a collaborative effort, brought to life by several individuals to remind us of mutual glories of the past, present or past – couldn’t we bring about world peace in no time?
For more, and it’s a must-see, check out the project on http://colossusrhodes.com
ALL PHOTOS ARE STILLS TAKEN FROM THE VIDEO http://youtu.be/vM6_FoDrNeA AND PHOTO-MANIPULATED BY Marforly Pictures