by Kiko Matsing

Chicago (2010)

Architectural detail of the Frank Lloyd Wright house and studio (Oak Park, IL): a pair of hairless men crouched in fetal position set atop brick columns.

The pose recalls apocalyptic imagery from William Blake’s illuminated work: cowering bodies, averted faces, bound hands.

What an odd design element to place on the façade of one’s home.

Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion, plate 51. Vala, Hyle and Skofeld, showing the crowned Vala (the fallen Jerusalem) crouched in despair with two of her acolytes: Hyle (representing William Hayley) and Scofeld (representing John Scolfield)
c.1804-20, William Blake (1757-1827)

The First Book of Urizen, plate 17. “Is the Female death” / “Become new Life”
c.1794-1796, William Blake (1757-1827)

Visions of the Daughters of Albion, frontispiece.
c.1793, William Blake (1757-1827)