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True, the statue’s a bronze monochrome but, especially when you’re blessed or cursed with a phantacea like mine (that’s Greek for imagination), it isn’t much of a stretch to see his skin golden-brown, his cloak having many colours, his pouch as a bottomless bag and his blade curved. There’s no indication as to whom the statue represents but every other statue in the park is based on Greek and/or Mediterranean mythology so, mostly from the Liberty Cap, I’m thinking it is Phrygian Attis. In other words I’m seeing Feel Theo’s Taurus Chrysaor Attis.
On four separate pedestals outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes rear magnificent renditions of Winged Pegasus, presumably with either Perseus or Bellerophon riding them. In PHANTACEA terms they’d be, once again, the Attis, this time astride Peg, his unimaginatively named psychopomp.
Go inside the Palace, up the stairs to the third level. Lo, there’s David Alfaro Siqueiros’s Nueva democracia (“New Democracy”), probably the most famous Mexican mural ever done. Me, I don’t see Siqueiros’s wife, Angelica Arenal de Siqueiros, as the iconic, bare-breasted woman breaking out of chains. I see the whole mural as representing Datong Harmonia, Feel Theo’s self-proclaimed Unity of Panharmonium.
Along the same wall to its left is another triptych: Jorge Gonzalez Camarena’s Humanidad librándose (“Humanity Liberating Itself”). Who’s the woman shown on its right third? Surely – better make that serendipitously – it’s Pyrame Silverstar, albeit with a normal head and eyes. She’s definitely got Pyrame’s silvery hair. As for the crucified fellow smashing apart the wooden cross to which he’s been tethered, that has to signify Terrible Tethys from Pre-Theo, doesn’t it.
To Humanity’s left, occupying the entire west wall of the mezzanine, is Diego Rivera’s “Man, Controller of the Universe”. Nelson Rockefeller commissioned the original in 1933 for New York City’s RCA Building. When Rivera refused to remove the figure of Vladimir Lenin, Rockefeller had the entire mural chiselled off the wall. Needless to say, New York’s loss thereafter became Mexico’s gain.
On the right third of the Rivera mural, he shows a decapitated statue of a Great God. Below it, note the peasant sitting on its severed head as if a cushion. Who do you suppose the god might be? Opposite it, way across the stairwell on the mezzanine’s east wall is La Katharsis by José Clemente Orozco. Could that red-skinned voluptuary be beguiling Belialma, Sinistral Lust of Satanwyck? Of course it could (not).
There, on the south wall, in the midst of Siqueiros’s “Torment of Cuauhtemoc” (Attacking Eagle), is that a Keres Hellhound? Is the distraught woman dressed in various shades of red Hot Stuff, Methandra Thanatos, minus the mask and 3rd eye? And, on the front-facing balcony outside the Palace’s second level, is that statue of the mother of the muses really Mnemosyne, the Sophia to Helios’s Sophos? Is that therefore a rendition of the miraculous Female Principal once humanized? Wouldn’t want to speculate would I.
Until now I haven’t even mentioned the massive statuary found along the Paseo de la Reforma, which runs north and south of Av Juarez. Wilderwitch as Diana Cazadora (Huntress) is to the south, near the Bosque de Chaputec, whilst an arguable Raven’s Head caw-whinnies outside the Torre El Caballito, at the Juarez intersection. Between them, at Insurgentes, there are a couple of John Sundown types within the Monumento de Cuauhtemoc and, closer to Diana Cazadora, a Gloriel D’Angelo type atop the Monumento de la Independencia in the ’glorieta’ of the same name.
Who’d have thought Mexico City would provide a veritable hotbed of imagery
applicable to the PHANTACEA Mythos? I’m the
obvious answer to that. But, now that you’ve read
But wait! Which is to say: Whoa! Wilderwitch, Raven’s Head, Blind Sundown, Gloriel D’Angelo: weren’t they characters from the six issue PHANTACEA comic book series that came out between 1977 and 1980? They were indeed; members of the Cerebrus-proclaimed D-Brig (Damnation Brigade), as it happens. So were the four Primary Apocalyptics: War, Plague, Disaster and Mother Murder, who you’ll have noted also appear in 'Feel Theo'.
And that’s what’s coming your way next down the PHANTACEA Mythos print publication pipeline.
So how does this jibe with
You can probably find jpegs of every one of the Mexico City murals or monuments I refer to above online. You can definitely find some of them among the stacks of personal photos I’ve mounted on my long-running website: PHANTACEA on the Web. A few have even creapt onto phantacea.com, which is solely dedicated to the various PHANTACEA Mythos print publications.
I invite you to visit both websites next time you’re in the mood. My email address is on their navigation bars, if you want to get hold of me. Every so often I’ve been known to respond to readers’ queries.
*OFF PAGE NOTES*: With respect to the murals referred to in this piece, I took pictures of all of them. Unfortunately I'm not happy with most of them. There are lynx, though, and in the interests of 'hey, that's hardly all they did' here are some of them:
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