I am mesmerized by images and artifacts of the desert or hot places (The Sheltering Sky, The Fall, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are three favorite films), which is strange, because I have very little tolerance for heat.
Let me correct that: I can tolerate heat, I just don't like it.
(By the way, this sconce probably would give off a little heat and fire danger--a votive goes inside it from the looks of it.)
Besides the romance (again) and whimsy of this piece, I do think about the Muppets and their "Pigs in Space" sketches where a team including Miss Piggy travel in space--in a ship shaped like a pig.
You would think that they'd travel in a ship shaped like another animal that's not them, but I guess the argument could be made that we travel in rocketships shaped like a part of us who are not female.
Our very biology determines our designs and concept of the divine, don't you think?
Purveyor of Symbols, mixed media on canvas, 36" x 36"
Triptych (three panels), finger painted