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I made this thing. It's Percy Bysshe Shelly's poem "Ozymandias" juxtaposed against an image that renders it totally meaningless.







Ozymandias is the Greek name for the pharaoh Ramses the Great. The Abu-Simbel temple has FOUR enormous statues of Ramses, ONE of which is ruined.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel#The_Great_Temple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias
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Re: Shelly's "Oxymandias" juxtaposed against Temple of Abu-Simbul
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 04:25:06 am »
so, is there a reason the lettering is all weird?
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Re: Shelly's "Oxymandias" juxtaposed against Temple of Abu-Simbul
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2012, 05:21:45 am »
so, is there a reason the lettering is all weird?

I made this in MS Paint and accidentally saved it as a jpeg (forgetting that this prevents effective use of the fill function) before finishing the editing (I suppose the sensible thing to do would have been either to fill in the background color first or to get a better image editing program). I almost scrapped it and started over, but on looking at it, I realized that the inconsistent background gave it an aged ad weathered look that sort of matched the subject matter.
My name is derived from Diogenes of Sinop, the Cynic/Furry/Counterfeiter/Philosopher of classical Antiquity, and from Ivo Shandor, who tried to summon Gozer the Gozerian to destroy the Earth

"Dedicate your life to porn" -GWAR, We Kill Everything

"Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I am an agent of chaos"

Thou Shalt Kill Everyone Now. Thou shalt condonbe first-degree murder and advocate cannibalism.
Thou shalt eat shit for the filth is the life and the life is the law. This is the will of the Divine.
-Flamingoes 1:22:50-60

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Re: Shelly's "Oxymandias" juxtaposed against Temple of Abu-Simbul
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2012, 02:04:05 pm »
I made this thing. It's Percy Bysshe Shelly's poem "Ozymandias" juxtaposed against an image that renders it totally meaningless.







Ozymandias is the Greek name for the pharaoh Ramses the Great. The Abu-Simbel temple has FOUR enormous statues of Ramses, ONE of which is ruined.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Simbel#The_Great_Temple
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozymandias

Ramses II has more surviving monuments than any other pharoah.

Which means Shelley's Poem about failure is itself a failure.
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