Tuesday, September 2, 2014
House On The Rock- Second Part
Alex Jordan enjoyed spending time in his retreat house on the rock, pursuing his interests in books, art and sculpture. He also enjoyed listening to music recordings, especially orchestral sounds. He collected guns, armor, and dolls for the Mill House. However, his imagination was flying into wider interests than his collections, because he soon was creating music machines. In 1974 he showcased them as The Music of Yesterday. One of the more interesting is the Mikado with its flamboyant Oriental facade.
Pictured above is part of a sea creature which is in battle with a giant octopus, the sculpture is as long as the Statue of Liberty is tall. It can be found in the Sea Heritage Room, a room which was not completed before Alex Jordan's death in 1989. Reportedly a frail Jordan had climbed into the mouth of the whale several months before he died. In reality, volumes could be written about House on the Rock. I did not even write anything about the world's largest carousel which it houses. The carousel has no horses but 269 creatures, both real and mythological. It also sparkles with 20,000 individual lights. I would not mind returning to this house in another few years, and it should be on everyone's bucket list!