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In practical terms the South Pointing Chariot was a simple direction finder. It could have been made to point in any direction - north, south, east or west. Kit Williams#Chariot 67
Kit Williams#Chariot 67
In the fairy tale the painting represents the here and now. The book is actually divided into five sections, through which the key character, the muse, leads us. Kit Williams#Book 67
Kit Williams#Book 67
Once upon a perfect night, unclouded and still, there came the face of a pale and beautiful lady. The tresses of her hair reached out to make the constellations, and the dewy vapours of her gown fell soft upon the land. Kit Williams#Beautiful 66
Kit Williams#Beautiful 66
The dog, the rabbit and the hoop all feature in the painting, and take the place of the orrery. Kit Williams#Dog 64
Kit Williams#Dog 64
I took lots of photographs and had planned to write a treatise on how it worked, but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a scientific fairy tale instead. Kit Williams#Bored 63
Kit Williams#Bored 63
You see, my ambition was not to confound the engineering world but simply to create a beautiful piece of art. Kit Williams#Ambition 61
Kit Williams#Ambition 61
If you look closely you can see that they are all interconnected, symbolic of a never-ending circle in which it is simply impossible for the dog to catch the rabbit. Kit Williams#Catch 46
Kit Williams#Catch 46
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising. Kit Williams#Advertising 46
Kit Williams#Advertising 46
The chariot was purchased by a private collector who took it home to New York. I take pleasure in knowing that it was built to last for at least a thousand years. Kit Williams#Built 41
Kit Williams#Built 41
Today she is the lady of death, which I believe is the best muse to have. Kit Williams#Believe 34
Kit Williams#Believe 34
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