Quiet Babylon

Let’s talk about scale! My friend, Tim Maly, writes a blog called Quiet Babylon, and in this post he discusses scale:

These Secret Vespers installments are tagged with scale, though many others could be. That crushing sense is one of the hardest sensations for me to put to words. Like love, hope, and so many other pre-verbal feelings, I find I can set it up with words or art, but that’s all I can do. The rest happens in the viewer or reader.

I get sort of dizzy, sort of light-heading, and I feel sort of outside myself when the scale of something big hits me. The traffic seen from above a major highway does this to me. The ocean, especially when stormy, does this to me. That documentary, Baraka, does this to me.

But enough about me. What has given you a crushing sense of scale?


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  1. Caroline says:

    Recently I worked the registration table for an event at Tribune Tower. Standing among huge flying buttresses 25 stories up, looking out into the open air, I felt both microscopic and very much a part of things.

    The combination of enormous barriers (the “railing” around the walkway is two-foot-thick stone or concrete) and oversized architecture made me feel like I was on the set of Honey I Shrunk the Kids.

  2. TheQuack says:

    The mountains … everyday. Looking up at them always gives me an amazing sense of how minuscule my existence is. That, and sitting next to the ocean … you know, the one on the other side of our Country. :P

  3. Rikka says:

    I love Baraka…

    I’d have to say big fat snowflakes falling at night, the 9th or 10th hour of a road trip where everything starts blurring together and colors start muting, Tokyo or Los Angeles from an apartment balcony at night.

  4. Well, being in this place, or in this place … or even in this place.
    All of them are different parts of my country.

    But anyway, if any random night, with an open sky, you lie on your back and stare at that endless dark thing that is the sky, then its done… i guess.

  5. ash says:

    i think all’s relative.

    to a bacteria, a virus may be a pet, and the human tract is it’s universe.

    like an atom, which may be a universe on OUR micro(nano?) scale, an may contain populations of which we may never know of.

    if observed from the moon, who would’ve known that blue and green ball of insignificance has all the complexities human beings and all other life forms on it face on any given time scale?

    what is simple? what is complex?

    have fun!

  6. Suzannah says:

    The first thing that comes to mind re scale, is the work of this fantastic artist – check this out: ilansandler.com

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