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03 March 2008, 03:06 PM
( is a modern interpretation of the oracle of Delphi from acient greek times.

The priestess in some versions of the legend used the look into a mirror of water to seek answers for important state questions, or personal questions.
In modern days, it is not possible that the decision of going to war would be asked to an oracle, but it is absolutely necesary to have a dedicated space to find ourselves, it is said also that in the original oracle there used to be two columns with the following phrases in greek wich i have them in Latin, the inmortal language:
"Nosce te ipsum" wich means "know yourself" and "Age quod agis", that means "Do what you are doing" inviting the questioner to concentrate on the present moment, this two phrases have inspired countless generations of wise men and women to realize themselves, I have kept this ideas on my mind all the time i have been working on this image.
Now, the actual desing of the building is based on the golden rectangle and proportions, giving it an extra sense of a perfection matching the patterns in nature,
the building itself is a tribute to intelligence (interior reading) and it is separated in two pieces, meaning the dichotomy that comes after any human decision /action, and the whole structure finds itsels reunited at the metallic pot in the center, where the decision act takes place.
The forest is a very silent place, inviting us to reflect and enjoy philosophy, the acutal isolation of the building over the water is to make a distinction of the oracle as a separate place on the universe, a special place. At the same time, floating over the water is an allegory of how consciousness arise from the subconscious, the water from where all beauty emerges as a loto flower.

as Gaston Bacherlard cites in the poetics of space:

"Habitants délicats des forets de nuos-memes"
-Delicate inhabitantes of the forest of ourselves

This image was made with 3dmax, onyxtree, fusion 5 and photoshop.

I hope you enjoy this image as much as i enjoyed making it!

03 March 2008, 03:10 PM
just a last detail, i tought you might like to see my "blueprints" for the modelling of the building:

Good luck with your entries!


03 March 2008, 08:38 PM
very nice peaceful picture. Better that the one in your portfolio.
Is the trees 3d or photos? If 3d what program did you use?


03 March 2008, 10:52 PM
I like it...

03 March 2008, 04:38 PM
Hey, thank for your comments!
and yes all the scene is geometry, lots and lots of vray proxies!
is there something you guys would change for any future images of forests???

03 March 2008, 09:32 PM
nice Bernado, good job, i see the scene came well and as usual im amazed..well done keep it up...

Lethalpencil... (

03 March 2008, 10:37 PM
5 stars

03 March 2008, 07:53 PM
hey I just checked my image on another monitor and it looks quite bright.. hmm well, got to get a new one sometime soon haha
Omoro, thanks for your comments! we will see each other in one of this challenges sometime soon =)

good luck to all in your entries.. i am amazed with the 2d crowd.. their work is just amazing!

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