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"Welcome to the Pleasure Dome" und weitere Werke von Courtney Blazon

"Welcome to the Pleasure Dome"
50 x 40 inch (w x h)
Pen
Marker and Pastel on Paper

The opening lines to Kubla Khan, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan/A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran/Through caverns measureless to man/Down to a sunless sea.”
The conceit of the seven deadly sins and the unfinished poem by romantic poet Coleridge were used to create a narrative a future forward where GLUTTONY treats herself to a hot bath and sweet treats, the PRIDE twins get all dressed up for a day at the beach, ENVY displays the latest in gold-digging prosthetics, WRATH, wears the latest in cholera-inspired fashion, Bionic LUST rides a horse with no name off a cliff, SLOTH overdoses on synthetic opiates, and GREED is counting his Benjamins.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to combat global warming, airplanes seed clouds with sulfur, hoping to mimic volcanic winter. Loss of habitat from the melting ice cap at the North Pole means lean times for polar bears. The albatross feeds plastic garbage to its young, who perish.
Ubiquitous screen cams record and re-display everything. Coyotes and turkey vultures (and deer) move closer into the city. On the island of Sulawesi, north of Sumbawa, a large mound-building bird called the Maleo uses geothermal energy to incubate its eggs. Sumbawan children are exploited as child jockeys in pony racing. Meanwhile, back on Sumbawa, Ken the surfer has come to take on the big waves and is polluting the ocean with his plastics.
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