Grobius Shortling presents
Castles and Ancient Monuments of Great Britain
What is this obsession with castles? It may be that they subconsciously denote security for some personalities -- solid walls to keep the demons and other enemies out, if not necessarily the bad weather. History shows, of course, that castles were anything but secure in the long run; you're better off camping in the woods. Architecturally, and logically, they are fascinating examples of human art,
and the good builders did not ignore aesthetic qualities. Only the great gothic cathedrals showed more skill and ingenuity. The histories and the bad ends most castles came to are also poignant examples of hubris and futility. However, there was a lot of political and social oppression at the base, so it is just as well we can now only enjoy these buildings as picturesque tourist attractions for the most part.
This is the last page in this series of black and white sketches. Please stay tuned for more.
Maybe I'm idiotic, but I get a charge out of building sand castles in front of real castles. Mouseover Pic to see what I mean.