The letter Z.
The conclusion of 25 mind-expanding visits to the Wellcome Collection and the
full-stop of 25 frightening peeks into the mind of Wendy of the Rock, who has been sucked up the wormhole that leads from Oz to Wonderland.
To salute having reached the zenith of the mountain, I thought I'd make this a sing-along post, and bring you a chirpy song of celebration.
Do join in as you read.
There were so many other wonderful things I photographed but couldn't wangle into any of my pieces.
|Inuit snow goggles|
My mate Sir Henry collected other such disparate and bizarre things as Napoleon's toothbrush and Florence Nightingale's moccasins.
No matter how tenuous the link between the object and the world of medicine, or science, or to art that intersects and overlaps with those worlds, Sir Henry had both the desire and the wealth to add it to his collection. And today, the good people his amassed fortune continues to employ at the museum that bears his name keep his habits and dreams very much alive.
I can't leave without sharing these last fabulous objects displayed in the Reading Room.
There's a whole case full of these little rockstars, each about the height of a matchstick.
Shota Katsube, of the Souzou: Japanese Outsider Art school of thought, creates these way cool anime soldiers from twist-ties.
You know, those things you use to stop your garbage from spilling out of the bag.
Yep, with the aid of a tiny pair of scissors and nail clippers, he whips up a new member for his army in around five minutes.
Each one unique.
None copied from cartoons.
I have no idea how they connect to medicine, but I'm totally sure Sir Henry would have approved of them being on display at his place.
He loved weird shit.
Because, to use Dorothy Parker's immortal words:
You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think.
|Me on the stairs at Wellcome. (Thanks for the pic, Jo)|
I took the photo at the start of this post from the top of this staircase, and edited it in Snapseed.
During the month of April, I am participating in the Blogging from A–Z Challenge.
My posts will all feature images of and by the Wellcome Collection, Euston, London: the free destination for the incurably curious.