Short & Sweet #10 – Places and Topics Suggested by Viewers

There were many interesting comments that came up from viewers relating to the places and subjects mentioned in “Short and Sweet #9,” some of which I will be including in this post as follow-up, and am also going to feature new subjects as I work my way through the long list of comments I have received from you all.

With regards to the subject of public art that is/was highly visible, and quite bizarre, if not downright disturbing, here are some follow-up comments from viewers.

DB was reminded of some of the statues at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, which was founded in by WalMart heiress Alice Walton, and opened to the public in November of 2011…

…which has on its grounds one of those massive spiders mentioned in the last post named “Maman,” by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, as commented on by viewers LR and AI.

AI also mentioned the bug-like-look of the architecture of the museum.

You know, she might be on to something there ~ it’s not at all hard to find bug images that resemble the architecture of the Crystal Bridges Museum!

Also, VW commented that all these same spider statues found worldwide reminded her of the mind flayer from the Netflix show Stranger Things.

THE shared that the Parx Casino and Racetrack entrance in Bensalem, Pennsylvania has the same disembodied horse’s head named “Horse at Water” that was displayed at the Marble Arch in London, as it turns out, is exactly the same sculpture done by British Sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green.

The Parx Casino and Racetrack Complex is the Number One gaming and live thoroughbred racing venue in the region.

Okay ~ I get it!

They seem to be trying to make a connection between the disembodied horse’s head as somehow symbolizing horses in general and therefore perfectly natural to have at the entrance of a thoroughbred horse-racing venue.

No matter how they try to spin it, though, the disembodied horse’s head is still perceived as creepy in the public eye.

IN commented about a statue called “The Child Eater” in Bern, Switzerland.

There are many stories surrounding it as to the meaning of it.

No one knows for sure where the idea came from, but why is a statue like this even existing in the first place?

It is part of one of the oldest fountains in Bern, with a construction date of 1546, of a giant eating one baby, with more babies depicted on and around the giant.

E79 left a comment letting me know about the new”Shhh” statue in New Jersey, which is on the waterfront in Jersey City, facing New York City.

Officially called “Water’s Soul,” it is a brand-new 80-foot, or 24-meter, -high, sculpture on private property that will be officially unveiled on October 21st.

E79 in New Jersey also brought the Spotted Lanternfly to my attention, since I have talked about invasive, non-native species in my two most recent posts.

The Spotted Lantern Fly comes from parts of Asia, where it is kept in check by natural predators, and was first recorded in the United States in September of 2014, and is found in eastern seaboard states, besides New Jersey, like Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio.

It flies or jumps into its preferred plant hosts, and causes serious damage including oozing sap; wilting; leaf-curling; and dieback in trees, vines, crops, and other types of plants.

LYT commented that in Las Vegas there is a small statue of a golden lion with red jewel like eyes with seven pink lizards facing it in a circle around it on a median near Sahara and Decatur.

Part of a county art project, it was moved there from its original location at the Decatur and Flamingo intersection because the lion was stolen days after it was installed back in 2016, and the lizards, which are also called alligators or crocodiles, were vandalized.

KyB added to the list of unusual public art in Las Vegas that includes several life-size and life-like Seward Johnson sculptures on display , like the ones found at New Jersey’s “Grounds for Sculpture” mentioned in the last post, including one called “Water Power…”

…and another called “Match Point,” among several others.

With regards to bringing up the subject of asking what the actual purpose of ferris wheels might be besides fun for the public in the last post, because of seeing one close to one of Seward Johnson’s “Awakening” sculpture of a distressed giant struggling to emerge from the Earth at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland…

…I got the following feedback from viewers.

XE commented that if you delve into the science of flywheel energy storage, the scale and mass of a ferris wheel could be explained as a solid-state battery of sorts especially if one considers the idea of mechanical work in the use of gears and gearing ratios…

…and XE said in the case that the oceans used to be higher by around 16-feet, or 5-meters globally, the ferris-wheel with buckets attached to where the benches or gondolas are would be capable of harnessing hydroelectric generation from the force of the incoming tide and persistent waves.

Another viewer, IG, said that ferris wheels are artificial PORTALS, and here’s an article I found addressing that issue.

BB in Australia asked if I was aware of the climate-controlled, indoor Ferris Wheel in Ashgabat, the capital of the Central Asian country of Turkimenistan.

This is a view of the white marble buildings of Ashgabat from the ferris wheel…

…and this is a closer view of what is known as the “White Marble City.”

Considered to perhaps be the world’s strangest city, there definitely seems to be a big story hidden in the country with the smallest population of the Central Asian Republics!

BB also mentioned the funicular that was at Cloudland in Brisbane, Australia, from my mention of Buda Castle’s funicular in Budapest in the last post as well.

Cloudland, also known as Luna Park, along with the Luna Parks in Sydney and Melbourne, and was used as a Ballroom and Dance Hall, and BB said Cloudland was a HUGE thing during the 40’s when the US troops were here, and many local girls married GI’s.

He said the Cloudland dancing floor was naturally-sprung, and when the dancers were pumping, the floor could bounce around nine inches.  

BB said the Ballroom dancing floor was refurbished in 1951, and his father bought some of the original timber and built their house out of it.  

He said you cannot buy, for love nor money, that quality of timber anymore.

BB said the Cloudland Funicular was demolished in 1967 and was non-functional a few years before that, and that on November 7th of 1982, the famous ballroom and dance hall itself was demolished by a developer, and the Cloudland Apartments occupy the former location of this iconic landmark.

NV brought another funicular that I was not aware of to my attention, and that is the still-operational funicular at the Chateau Frontenac in Québec City.

Now onto some new places and topics.

PA suggested that I look at the island of Ibiza, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands near the eastern coast of Spain.

He mentioned the Es Vedra of Ibiza.

The legends of Es Vedra, described as a limestone outcropping 1,312-feet, or 400-meters, above sea-level, include: it being the tip of the legendary Atlantis…

…it is the third most-magnetic place on Earth after the North Pole and Bermuda Triangle…

…it is a major energy vortex…

…and it is the location of where the limestone for Egyptian pyramids came from because of the maximum concentration of energy found in it.

PA also mentioned there there are fountains galore in ibiza, like this one in San Antonio…

…and this one in Ibiza Town.

The star-shape of what are called “Renaissance Walls” enclose the oldest part of Ibiza Town.

Called the “Dalt Vila,” or “High Town,” said to date from the 16th-century as a stunning example of classic Renaissance Military architecture, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

Modern Ibiza Town is known for its exciting night life, and one of its several internationally-renowned clubs is named “Amnesia.”

DE in England sent me information about the Rushton Triangular Lodge.

Said to have been designed by Sir Thomas Tresham between 1593 and 1597 near Rushton in England’s Northamptonshire, and is called a “folly.”

The construction stones used were alternating bands of dark and light limestone.

A “folly” is defined as a building constructed primarily for decoration, typically in gardens, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or has such an extravagant appearance that it goes beyond usual garden buildings.

Sir Thomas Tresham was said to have been a Roman Catholic who was imprisoned for 15 years in the late 16th-century for refusing to become a Protestant, and upon his release from prison in 1593, he designed the Triangular Lodge as a profession of his faith, with his belief in the Holy Trinity being represented everywhere in the Lodge by the number 3.

The Rushton Triangular Lodge can be seen on the cover of the 2014 “Sun Structures” album of the English Psychodelic band “Temples.”

NJ asked me what my thoughts were on the possible correlation between the mud flood and trench warfare during WW1, and suggested they could have possibly been fighting over the very ground they were trying to dig out of.

I had never thought about this before, but in retrospect with everything that is coming out about the mud flood now, this idea certainly makes a lot of sense from that perspective.

According to our historical narrative, Trench warfare utilized occupied fighting lines of trenches, which were said to have in effect, protected the troops within them from small arms fire, and to a certain extent, artillery fire.

The use of trenches as a military tactic expanded during World War I, when they were used extensively, starting in September of 1914, only a month after the start of the war, on the Western Front, which was the main theater of war during the war.

Both sides of the conflict constructed elaborate trench, underground, and dugout systems opposite each other, along a front, and they ran barbed wire between the two sides as a protection against assault.

The attacks that did happen between the two sides often sustained severe casualties, like the Battle of the Somme, one of the largest battles of World War I.

It took place between July 1st and November 18th of 1916, between British and French allied forces on one side, and the German Empire on the other, along an 18-mile, or 29-kilometer stretch of the Somme River in France.

More than 3 million men fought in the battle, and 1 million were killed or wounded, making it among the bloodiest battles in history.

After World War I, the term “trench warfare” became slang for stalement and futility in conflict.

Next, I am going to look at is Ebbetts Pass in California based on viewer JM’s recommendation.

Ebbetts Pass is a high mountain pass through the Sierra Nevada Range in Alpine County, California, and is registered as a California Historical Landmark.

Early explorer Jedediah Smith was reputed to have used this particular mountain pass when crossing the Sierra Nevadas on one of his exploratory journeys in 1827…

…but the pass got its name from John Ebbetts, a fur-trader-turned-guide for California Gold Rush “Forty-Niners,” who claimed to have led a string of pack mules through the high-mountain pass in April of 1851, and was said to believe for a time that the pass he had used would be suitable for transcontinental railroad.

Ebbetts Pass today is one of the least travelled passes in the Sierra Nevadas.

It has very steep sections with hairpin corners and the eastern slope is particular difficult with many blind hairpin corners, and is usually closed during the winter months between November and sometimes as late as May.

JM sent me these photos that he took on a hiking trip through there.

Like this one showing what appears to be something silty and loose covering of the landscape here…

…and in this photo you can see stone outcroppings with straight edges and lines.

And here are photos JM took of very intriguing-looking piles of rocks that look like they have been formed into that cluster somehow.

I am going to end this post here.

There’s much to think about, and in the next installments of “Short & Sweet,” I will continue to provide food for thought as I explore the many places and topics viewers have suggested to me.

Author: Michelle Gibson

I firmly believe there would be no mysteries in history if we had been told the true history. I intend to provide compelling evidence to support this. I have been fascinated by megaliths most of my life, and my journey has led me to uncovering the key to the truth. I found a star tetrahedron on the North American continent by connecting the dots of major cities, and extended the lines out. Then I wrote down the cities that lined lined up primarily in circular fashion, and got an amazing tour of the world of places I had never heard of with remarkable similarities across countries. This whole process, and other pieces of the puzzle that fell into place, brought up information that needs to be brought back into collective awareness.

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