Before we ascend the spiral to the temple, I wanted to revisit the upper level of the gallery briefly to show these two snapshots below. I thought this was pretty cool because the last and first collage of the Oblong series on this side of the upper level make an animation with each other, as seen in the second snapshot — well, you can kind of see it — and then, on almost the exact spot on the wall opposite them on this level we have the two middle collages of this series, also side-by-side and also forming an animation with each other. This is show in the first snapshot of this post; Baker Bloch here is merely turning around in place to view this opposite wall. The spacing wasn’t really planned out to accommodate this arrangement symmetry so that adds a bit to the coolness.
But to the main item of this post, which is ascension! Now long term fans of my blog, which may even number in the 1000s I suppose (guffaw!), might recognize this new addition to the gallery, because it’s a somewhat edited down version of one of my earliest skyboxes as talked about in this May post. And how appropriate, I realized later, because the original Hidalgo gallery was attached to this treehouse before separating out and forming its own free-standing structure a little later on.
I like the way the colors (orange) match as well, which I suppose might have been a factor in combining them together in the first place through that old skybox. I decided to delete the grassy squares that accommodated the two small halves of the old Hidalgo Gallery, but strangely now, the treehouse bridges, once again, acts as a bridge, this time between the new version of the Hidalgo Gallery, which would be the same as the smaller part of the upper level of the Edwardston Station Gallery containing this namesake collage series, and the larger part of this level containing the Oblong series.
There’s more to the story of why this modified treehouse was placed at this particular place in the new gallery, but additional description of this might muddle us down. I’ll say here that the huge tree that centers the former skybox essentially follows the path of the water falling from Lavender Falls to the gallery back up to the temple where it originates; the small volume of water that falls basically hugs or clings to the front of the tree all the way up to its source.
Nice views of the top of the gallery are afforded from several vantage points on the way up, including this flat section of the spiral. You also get some great views of the Ruby Forest itself, and, of course, all the neighbor’s lots and structures, good… and, yeah, some not so good. But overall I have absolutely no complaints about the location of all this, mind you (as I’ve stated elsewhere, it is as if the gallery and temple simply had to be in this location in order for all to work/ fit together properly, structures and accompanying philosophies and mythologies, I mean).
Around four turns of the spiral you’re at the top. I should add that it’s not a uniform ascension along this spiral. Some sections are steeper than others, and there’s a place, as I’ve already mentioned, that is completely flat for a couple of meters. This is why I’ve called it a “warpy” spiral in other places. A plain, perfectly homogeneous spiral to the top simply didn’t seem to work in this place.
A look out toward the direction of the Ruby Forest from the brick platform near the top, through the queerly darker branches of the central tree trunk. All of these front branches also have foliage branching off from their tops, copied directly from the original Azure Island skybox. There is another cluster of branches behind Baker Bloch here that don’t contain foliage, however — I found that including them, as we had in the original skybox also, would have interfered too much with other objects in the temple which I’ll get to in a moment.
Baker Bloch readies himself to pass through yet another opening.