"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson
This was a really fun project to work on, burned finger tips and all!! It originated with "The Dream Archive" an exhibit space that Theresa Casey and Rob Gray from The Casey Design Group created for the 2012 Interior Design Show. Theresa loved the texture and colour of the peacock feathers we used in that project so much that she decided to replicate it in the front foyer of their home.
In Hinduism the Peacock is associated with Lakshmi who is a deity representing benevolence, patience, kindness, compassion and good luck. In Asian culture it is considered an emblem of love, compassionate watchfulness, good-will, nurturing, and kind-heartedness. In Christianity the Peacock represents rebirth and renewal. With all these wonderful symbolic atributes who wouldn't want these beautiful feathers adorning their walls, watching over those who dwell within??
The Peacock has had a strong influence on art, architecture and fashion. The Peacock Room above by famed artist James Mc Neill Whistler. Originally Whistler was to merely make minor colour alterations to the room, when his patron Frederick Leyland left to return to his business affairs Whistler got a bit carried away - "subtle changes" resulted in this masterpiece ( Leyland was less than impressed having not been consulted however....)
How stunning are these four Peacock inspired gowns?? The two on the left by McQueen and two on the right by Galliano for Dior, who wouldn;t be proud as a peacock to strut in these visions of beauty?!
Let's not forget contemporary architecture - the Mumbai Airport terminal 2's roof above left is inspired by the Dance of 1000 Peacock - The Peacock being the national bird of India. The Metropol Parasol in Seville Spain by German Architect Jurgen Mayer H. is said to resemble both mushrooms and waffles - I find it most definitley reminiscent of The Proud Peacock as well - and what important architectural structure would rather be noted for it resemblance to a breakfast food over a beautiful bird, I ask you, really???