Ludka goes to Cambodia
How does she spend all that cash ? (perhaps I'm exaggerating) --- she collects sculpture and she travels around the world -- every year -- climbing the Himalayas -- rafting down the Zambesi --- you name it --- she's been there.
Last December, she went to Cambodia -- I begged her for pictures -- and now I've got some: (sorry -- but archological information not included)
I have such conflicted emotions about a picture like this -- because I love those tree roots --- so powerful and sexy -- and so enjoyable to contemplate as they force their way through the un-welcoming rock. But I love these fruits civilization as well -- and it's so sad to see them neglected and destroyed.
Try to imagine acre after acre of these monuments -- and all the inspired work that was involved in their production. I suppose the office and apartment buildings of modern cities are even more impressive in volume of material and space covered --- but what do they reflect other than commerce -- a will to live very similar to the tree roots pictured above. But what purpose summoned all these temples ?
Now we're getting into the details -- the programs of sculpture -- and now I must sigh - for this is the choir in which I can sing. Some of these sculptors were better then me -- and some seem to be worse -- but how I wish I was filling these temple precincts -- instead of just my own back yard.