Wednesday Vignette – what’s that on your wall?

On my other blog – Flutter & Hum, I have hosted this meme for a few months now – the Wednesday Vignette. But, for some reason, I didn’t think to participate by posting an offering from this blog. Oh well, better late than never… right?

Laxskinn salmon skin on walls

This photo was taken at the Tanum Museum on the Swedish west coast. The museum was built to tell the story of a bronze age people that lived there, and left rock carvings that remain to this day. One of the first things you notice is this watery, light green color on the walls. There are also these vertically oriented panels, which upon closer inspection turn out to be tanned salmon skins. Turns out, the fish skin underbellies had just the color that is featured on the wall, thus setting the color for the entire exhibit hall. Fishing and seafaring was what sustained this people, and was vital to their culture. This made a lasting impression on me. I thought the choice of color for the place commemorating and celebrating their story was very appropriate, ingenious, and highly effective!

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About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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4 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – what’s that on your wall?

  1. Elvis says:

    Fascinating image: the texture of the tanned fish skins in your picture makes them look almost furry and quite warm – a good contrast to the cool, watery green of the walls. So both your posts deal with contrast and color, which I guess is no surprise coming from you!

  2. Alison says:

    That fish skin “wallpaper” is pretty cool. Great image.

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