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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Emerald City

The recent release of Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" was partially the inspiration for this blog as the Emerald City's palace, in all of its Art Deco glory, is utterly saturated in greens that almost pierce through the screen (apparently it is an entirely digital set, which is completely incomprehensible to me since it appears so real).  The decadent palace is a complete standout as the very walls seem to be entirely constructed of malachite blocks and mortared in gold.  Additionally, this is also essentially a continuation of the Emerald blog released a couple of weeks ago, but with more of a focus on malachite. This richly patterned stone, has been used since antiquity.  Originally used for its rich color pigment in oil paintings, it later captured the imagination of royalty, including the Russian Tzar family who used it in St. Petersburg's Winter Palace (now part of the Hermitage Museum) and Napoleon, who decorated his private quarters during his stay in the Grand Trianon at Versailles. Malachite's current resurgence can be enjoyed in a much less "over the top" application, however the wonderfully modern reincarnations of it, make for an incredible highlight in any room.



Raw Malachite

The Emerald City in Oz

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