First off, I did a search and checked through the first three pages and didn't see any topics pertaining to this so I thought I'd start one. Also,
the pictures do contain a painting of a phallic object. If you are offended, you do not have to look. The point of the object is its symbolism, not
the object itself.
Alex Grey is an amazing artist and painter. He has done album art for the band Tool and has painted MANY very intricate and beautiful paintings. You
can see some of them here.
Some of you may be familiar with his work, and some may not. But there is one painting in particular that I would like to bring to your attention. His
painting titled "Gaia" is a picture of a giant tree, with planet Earth in the background. On the left side of the tree, you will notice animals,
grass, nature, and beauty. On the right, you will notice the branches on fire, the breasts of the tree connected to power lines, and what looks like a
polluted, industrial area.
Of course, there is an immense amount of detail in this painting but there are a few things in particular I'd like to pay attention to. Keep in mind
that this was painted in the year 1989, 12 years before the attacks of 9/11.
Not too hard to notice, but in the background, you see the very obvious WTC buildings and two airplanes flying over. Hmm.
Next, it may be a little hard to see and it is of course, all up to how you perceive this image. What many have agreed on before is that on the base
of the tree on the right side, you see three very distinct figures. One, on the far right, is a giant phallic object with devil horns and what look
like insect type arms. In the middle, a man dressed in a suit with what looks like grey/white hair. On the left of that man is another man. To me,
looks somewhat like a typical depiction of a terrorist with a gun in his hands.
Many have speculated that the phallic object to the right of the character in the middle (who many have speculated to look like George Bush) depicts
Dick Cheney. Of course, George Bush and Dick Cheney have been part of the 9/11 controversy since it began. Them being next to a character that looks
like a terrorist is quite odd, especially with the towers and planes in the background.
Here is a close up of that section of the three figures.
I understand some may think it is inappropriate but it is the symbolism of the object that interests me.
I'd assume that many have seen this before, but for those of you that have not, what do you think? Alex Grey is one of my favorite artists. His works
are TRULY amazing. I will leave it up for you to discuss your opinions.
Here is a video where he describes the painting a little more.
He starts talking about it at 0:37 seconds.
Leave thoughtful comments, Thanks.