Mongol Wall Flags Flying

Anthony Lyle

Aubrey, United States

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I did this from a public picture. I don’t remember whether it had a location or not. It may simply have reminded me of the steppes of western China. It was a sandy limestone wall stretching into the distance. The original was much more brown, much more desert looking. And OLD, very old looking. The wall appeared to be painted white in stretches, or somehow striped like a monstrous, fossilized tiger worm. A super predator from Arrakis. The outpost in the foreground was habitable and had windows. The multicolored flags were attached to a long line, the whole thing stretched out by the strength of air currents, viewable over long distances. Signposts of culture and defense, resembling trot lines. The desert scene and the flags reminded me of bedouins, so it’s strange to picture these people tending to a tacit wall. Sitting stoically as the flags snap sharply in the wind, set to warn wayward men or snare curious birds, if not fish. I changed the color base to green, because I like it more. The feel, if not the color, does reflect the Mongol steppes. That’s my opinion anyways, but my only reference is Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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