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“A Passing Double Diamond In The Night” March 24, 2008

Filed under: collage 10x10,Cub Sea/JCMEB,Edwardston Station Gallery,Hidalgo County, NM — baker Blinker @ 8:14 am


Draft for new collage created tonight [finished product above now, 3/28/08]. This would be 3rd in Hidalgo series, then. For now. Want to move ahead with an interpretation since I have more time to write tonight and the next several days. At that point my art and photos/snapshots may start to outpace the text in these posts again, as it was before.

So here it is. We obviously have the 2 bushes again in some guise. In the sky above them is a collage of images from Lordsburg, New Mexico. Have I talked about Lordsburg in this blog? Can’t recall, exactly. I don’t think I have.

No, in searching the blog see that I haven’t mentioned Lordsburg until now. Well, Lordsburg is the name of the county seat of Hidalgo County, New Mexico, a quite large and quite scenic county but with only a total population of 5,932 per the 2000 census, down from 6,049 in 1990. Over half of the county’s population lives in Lordsburg.

Have I mentioned Hidalgo County, even, in this blog? Let me check again…

Again, no, I haven’t brought this up, although I’ve mentioned Hidalgo a number of times, first connecting it to the small island in the ne corner of the Rodeo sim of Second Life, one I’ve been calling in places here “Isle of Baker – Not”. (footnote here to SL forum and SJ post).

Tentative title for collage is “A Passing Double Diamond in the Night”. The sculpture of the man and woman, man with square head and woman with triangle head, was found through continued search for images using keyword Tamayo, as in Rufino Tamayo. This is a sculpture found at the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City. It can be related, then, to the Long Hope Indians of the collage in the Hidalgo series prior to this (see two posts below), since Tamayo was a Mexican of Native American descent (Zapotec pre-Columbian civilization of the Valley of Oaxaca in present day southern Mexico). The sculpture also brings up the relationship of square and triangle already covered in previous posts of this blog: here the complementary nature is embodied as opposite sexes. Unification comes in the double diamond also mentioned before, which we see here represented by what’s called a double diamond hexahedron situated directly in front of the sculpture couple, and uniting their figures as one.

The sculpture couple is also walking or passing between the two bushes, which upon closer inspection turn out to be one and the same bush, reversed in respect to each other and also illuminated in two different ways. A double diamond star in the sky reinforces the shape in the collage’s title. Beside it is situated a water tank with a word that trails into darkness reading from left to right. I can tell you, however, that this is the Lordsburg water tower, and the double diamond star is a real illuminated star installed right next to it. The word on the water tower is thus “Lordsburg”, but we can really only make out the L and O of the word. This is an interesting edit, because LO is the second part of Hilo, as in Hilo Peak. The city lights in the background of the collage are also those of Lordsburg.

So what is Baker Bloch trying to relate to me through this new collage? Are the two pairs of aliens he’s mentioned, 1 pair consonant with the square shape and the other pair the triangle, represented here by the two figures in the sculpture? It seems so on one level at least. The double diamond uniting these figures may then stand for Lemon World itself, which they are one with in this collage and also in reality(?).

They are passing throught the two differentiated bushes, which probably represent the high and low bushes (elsewhere: “pointy bush, high” and “pointy bush, low”) of the true Hilo Peak itself.

And in again checking, realized I haven’t brought up the fact that one of the only two Hilo Peaks found in the United States is in this Hidalgo County. The other one, which has a similar elevation, is found in Idaho. Here is some basic information concerning these peaks:

And, yeah, notice in that second link the mention that the Idaho version of Hilo Peak is really 5761 feet high, and that this is also 1756 meters high, using the same four numbers. Strange thing is, I could have swore that at least one source I originally checked when finding out about this quirk of numbers also mentioned Hilo Peak, New Mexico as having this same height. But in checking again tonight can’t find mention of what appeared to be a mistake at the time, a mixup of the two Hilo Peaks. Did I dream it? Was it a mistake at all? Perhaps yes and no together on both counts.