I have never taken the concept of "hell" very seriously. For one thing, I was brought up in a religious and ethical tradition with no concept of it -- the idea of hell with a devil presiding over flames of hellfire always struck me as something as a bit cartoonish. I have to admit, though, that I have liked the 1977 star-studded horror movie The Sentinel which places the entrance to the gates of hell in the basement of a Brooklyn brownstone, which in my opinion is the perfect location for it.
After visiting well known multimedia artist Frankx Lefavre's horrific new art installation, Cocytus The 9th Circle of Hell over at LEA 18, my views of Hades have changed. I found the art installation both frightening and disturbing.
Frankx states that the art installation is based on Cocytus, the ninth and last circle of hell from Dante's epic poem "The Inferno". The ninth circle of hell is reserved for traitors guilty of the unpardonable sin of treachery, which involve betraying a special relationship of some kind. There are four rounds of the ninth circle with Franx creatively shows in the art installation. Cocytus is an icy and frozen world -- quite horrific in its deathly eternity. I got the chills looking at the tortured dead frozen at various depths here.
You can check out my links below to find out more about the art installation and Dante's work. My photography makes use of the different Windlight settings programmed on the site -- with my own adjustments to capture the mood of the work. If you use the Firestorm viewer you can automatically capture the different Windlight settings to fully appreciate the work, check out Honour McMillan's blog write up (link below) to find out about the different settings used.
I highly recommend you visit. This is a highlight of the LEA (Linden Endowment for the Arts) series for 2015. Here is your taxi:
To find our more about the art installation see the following blogs:
Linden Endowment of the Arts (Good Introduction by Frankx Lefevre is a must read for serious visitors)
Honour McMillan's Blog (Honour ives good advice oh how to program the correct Windlight Sky Settings to appreciate the artist's vision):
Ziki Questi's blog (Ziki gives a good account of how the 19th-century engravings by Gustave Doré inspired Frankx's vision:
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