I took myself out on a date to see one of my favorite trios play live on Friday night. Väsen comes to California (and the USA) every two years (sometimes more). I missed them when they were playing last time, so I made sure to go this time! They were magical, as always, and ended with Kapten Kapsyl (one of my fav tunes off of Världens Väsen). From left to right: Mikael Marin on five string viola, Olov Johansson on the nyckelharpa, and Roger Tallroth on twelve string guitar. Roger was rockin’ a wicked metal Cthulhu beard. They play dance music from Middle Earth I mean Swedish folk music (especially polskas). Their name means “spirit”.Kapten Kapsyl played live (2-4 years old performance, same venue as picture above): http://youtu.be/1C4XGOxvjfE My favorite song, en Timme i Ungern, from the same album: http://youtu.be/78hGmYwnNHg
"THEY MADE STUFFED ANIMALS FROM THEIR STORIES KISS. Ok, maybe there wasn’t actual unicorn to direwolf lip contact here but it’s damn close. Thank you for being adorable, Peter S. Beagle and George R.R. Martin."
Yogi Bhajan (via happyasatree)
This is the line that has gotten me through life.
Illustrations from the book Nordic Creatures / Nordiska väsen by Johan Egerkrans. From top these creatures are called Askefroa, Källrå and Näcken.
Fantastical Wooden Sculptures Act as Symbols of Compassion
In his personal sculpture garden, Australian artist Bruno Torfs crafts wooden figures that live in the forest. Embracing fantasy, his life-sized works feature delightfully unusual characters. We see things like a bearded wizard carrying an armful of tiny creatures and a young princess riding a unicorn. Torfs incorporates the natural landscape into his art, using tree branches and leaves as a part of his subjects’ hair or body. After carving, they remain unpainted and blend in with their surroundings.
We might describe someone as wooden when they lack emotion, but Torfs proves that wood can convey an incredible range of feelings. He communicates love, joy, and sadness through tiny details like the angle of a shoulder or subtle shape of an eye. These figures mirror difficult emotions we face, and his work is a symbol of compassion and a source of comfort to those who use nature walks for reflection.
The garden was rebuilt after Brunos home and the garden were destroyed by a bushfire in 2009