In the late 70’s Italian architect, illustrator and industrial designer Luigi Serafini made a book, an encyclopedia of an unknown, parallel world. About 360-380 pages, it’s written in an unknown language, using an unknown alphabet. It took him 30 months to complete the masterpiece that many might call “the strangest book on earth.” Codex Seraphinianus is divided into 11 chapters and two parts – the first one is about nature, the second about people. Five hundred years ago there was another book somewhat like Codex – the Voynich Manuscript.
Words cannot describe this book, it must be felt.
Take a look at some pages. (click on image to see a bigger version.) Comment if you’d like.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Codex_Seraphinianus – article in wikipedia
inde.ru/tmp/Codex_Seraphinianus.pdf – the entire book in pdf (50mb)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_Manuscript – Voynich Manuscript
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tlön%2C_Uqbar%2C_Orbis_Tertius – “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius” – and article of same kind, that was written by Jorge Luis Borges in the early 20 centure
grapefruitopia.com/seraphinianus – a site were the talk a lot about the book
cr.cx/seraphinianus/codex – a site where they tell you who codex’ alphabet was decrypted
math.bas.bg/~iad/serafin.html – bolgarian linguist ivan derzhanskiy about decoding text and numbers
spamula.net/blog – a blog where tons of other art material, i found it when i was looking for info about the book. they have tons of interesting art things there
imdb.com/title/tt0070544 – franch animation film La Planète sauvage, it has many similarities
flickr.com/photos/3e/sets/72157600089509882 – flickr set, with entire Voynich Manuscript
horg.com/chasm installation project dedicated to this book (burning man 2004)
liberonweb.com/asp/libro.asp?ISBN=8817013897 – an italian site that sells this book for reasonable money
Thank You for sharing this Nancy. This is incredible, most definitely channeling from another dimension n if this was drug-induced, I certainly want some of that. Ha
I think I left my yellow submarine double-parked……
Surreal, and yes, a candidate for the “strangest.” “Beautiful?” I wouldn’t apply that word. The images you placed to the left and right of this blog page–that is beautiful, a different thing.