*If a man’s home is his castle
Then a mortgage is it’s maze
Which will always be a hassle
Follow you through all your days
As they hand to you the keys
With large smiles on their face
For they’ll have you on your knees
Then foreclose upon your place
For years you followed through
With the terms in their contract
Then their interest did accrue
And they would not cut you slack
So the gov reached out their hand
Promised they would help you soon
But they gave the banks your land
As they promised you the moon
Their mortgage is a maze
Unforgiving is it’s track
It will leave you in a daze
As your home they now take back
So beware the lender’s maze
As this tale’s surely shown
That it surely always pays
To pay in full for home you own*
This is a multimedia artwork that was inspired by the disappearance of one of the largest pieces of the American dream… and that is the dream of owning a home. The foreclosure rate continues to climb despite the federal bailout money that was promised to help prevent this from happening, and this is because that bailout money was given to the same greedy financial institutions that created the mess in the first place, rather than the struggling, average Joe trying to hang onto their home. President Obama should have known better… as the trickle-down theory of economics did not work under the Bush administration… and it will not work under any other administration as well.
Giving money to the rich to help the poor is the same as giving a coyote the keys to the chicken coop. Greed begets greed, and those that forget the mistakes of the past are condemned to repeat them…
The castle symbolizes the dream… a man’s home is his castle. The maze symbolizes the misleading mortgages, that to so many were seen as the path to their dream becoming reality… unaware of the mortgages complexity and pitfalls. The sphere symbolizes the shimmer of hope for those fortunate few that find their way through the maze. The darkness surrounding the maze symbolizes the unethical fine print that have left people with mortgages higher than the worth of the homes they were trying to buy… negative equity.
The artwork has a bit of everything. The castle was created in Incendia using 64 seperate baseshapes ( yes… I did say sixty-four, and it wasn’t easy! ) with 16 different diffraction maps that I created in Photoshop. The maze was created in POV-Ray starting with a two-dimensional, black and white maze. The black and white maze was used to create alpha channels, and the alpha channels were then used to create the height field map for use in POV-Ray. All programming in POV-Ray was done from scratch by myself. The sky gradient was also created in POV-Ray using a gradient map I programmed myself. The glow and rays from the sphere, and the castle shadow on the maze was drawn in by hand, in Photoshop. All touch up work was also done in Photoshop.
The original is 4096 × 3277 pixels at 300 pixels per inch. I know it’s a bit of an odd size… but that’s as big as I was able to make this with my current computing power ( 3Ghz Pentium with 4 GB of RAM… of which 32-bit Windows XP can only use 3 GB ). I have included a few detail cutaways below so you can see the detail. The detail cutaways are at 50% of the original size of the artwork.