The City scroll

The City scroll is a long or rather high, viewed vertically, rolling up artwork. It is an ink or watercolor painting on a scroll of hand made shuji rice paper. I bought these paper scrolls cheaply in the oriental areas of San Francisco in the mid-1960s. This one is 11" wide by about 459" (38' or 12 meters) long. To digitize, I divided it into a sequence of 54 images. A scroll painting can't all be seen at once. It is like a movie, where you are the projector. It is like a comic book where all the panels blend into each other seamlessly. The extremely linear format is enforced by having to unroll one side and roll the other side of what you are seeing. There's no random access. Here on the web, using Zoomify, which uses Flash, you see the whole image and zoom in to a part. Using a navigator and buttons, you can scroll quickly to any part.

The title page says, "people stopping identifying self with a rigid slow house. Now all living in a soft, mobile city literally, one house for all people." At the end of the scroll I'm already designing a dome that would be my contribution towards making The City dream come true. There is a page with the text excerpts from the scroll.

1. Is this adult subject matter for you? I painted The City in 1967, when being naked was a political statement of freedom, as were many other natural acts. You might think this is bad. If you can't read Lenore Kandel's The Love Book, because you find it obscene, then, for similar reasons, you won't like looking at The City scroll. In 1967, we were in a similar frame of mind. If you weren't there when she read her poems to the Be-In, or if you don't know who she is, you might read "Lenore Kandel: A Critical Appreciation" here, Dig it? I really do not wish you to be hurt or offended by what I offer as art work. It is rated one step beyond PG.

2. You will take it on? OK, if you have the Flash 9+ plug-in go to step 3. Otherwise, get it get flash. If you need to upgrade, do so.

3. The window at the bottom of the page at first shows the whole image, completely zoomed out. If the window doesn't fit on your display, try a smaller (800x600) or medium (1024x768) size page.

first view Click the bottom of the image below until you fill the window at the start of the artwork, showing the title, The City. To scroll up, press the up triangle arrow button (or the up arrow keyboard key). For more help, see this page.


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