Children of melting mercury – an optical illusion

Children of melting mercury - an optical illusion
Where are the inhabitants?


(Click to enlarge)

I found this photo on a site in Spanish, followed by a portion of a poem by Carlos Marzal, which I thought was appropriate for the image, so I’ve roughly translated his entire poem (very roughly, I might add) by combining various machine translations and my meager command of the Spanish language.

Heavy Metal

– Carlos Marzal 

As it happened, we were children
with magical drops of mercury
that multiplied impossibly
in an insane geometry
after the thermometer broke, and gave our fever
an even more unreal patina,
an incomprehensible atmosphere of soft clocks.
Something in this phenomena relates to our soul.
In a strict sense, all of us
are the product of endless multiplications,
errors of our species, conquests
against the darkness. An individual
is an anonymous work of art,
a primitive map of treasure
tattooed on the skin of genealogies
that lead to his own blood and fire.
There is nothing we have not received
and nothing we have not inherited.
There is a reason to be proud
in the midst of this fever that never ends.
We are guardians of a heavy metal,
luxurious drops of loving mercury.

Metal Pesado
– Carlos Marzal

Igual que sucedia, siendo ninos,
con las magicas gotas de mercurio,
que se multiplicaban imposibles
en una perturbada geometria,
al romperse el termometro, y daban a la fiebre
una patina mas de irrealidad,
el clima incomprensible de los relojes blandos.
Algo de ese fenomeno concierne a nuestra alma.
En un sentido estricto, cada cual
es obra de un sinfin de multiplicaciones,
de errores de la especie, de conquistas
contra la oscuridad. Un individuo
es en su anonimato una obra de arte,
un atavico mapa del tesoro
tatuado en la piel de las genealogias
y que lleva hasta el mismo a sangre y fuego.
No hay nada que no hayamos recibido
ni nada que no demos en herencia
Existe una razon para sentir orgullo
en mitad de esta fiebre que no acaba.
Somos custodios de un metal pesado,
lujosas gotas de mercurio amante.

– Gotas de mercurio, Domadora de Plabras>>
– Metal Pesado, http://amediavoz.com>>
– I can’t find the original source for the photo. Does anybody know? (Many places called it "Sneaker Shadows".)

One thought on “Children of melting mercury – an optical illusion”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>