Three Dimensional Experience
I took a short cut off Charing Cross Road, down one of the quaint side streets past old and familiar book and antique shops. The content of the shop windows change; an old rocking horse is replaced by a lacquered Japanese screen but the shops stay the same, anchoring a fast changing global London.
Then i saw it , or rather it caught me; dragging my gaze into the largest antique shop on the row. It was a bust of the emperor Caracalla; a tyrant but also a powerful, energetic ruler and builder. His imperious scowl fixed seemingly only on me. The bust I saw that day had the extra dimension that makes seeing busts and sculpture more like an encounter than a viewing. Perhaps this is why I am fascinated by them. Historical figures read about on the page are there, occupying three dimensional space. I remain hooked.
Busts add intrigue and interest to a home, whether you go with their sense of tradition or you somehow subvert this (just add tie, false nose ….take your pick) they are there beguiling you and your guests