Friday 31 July 2009

Boryeong Mud Festival's "Inferno" Theme A Wild Success

The Boryeong Mud Festival's organizers are thrilled by the success of the theme they chose for this year's Boryeong Mud Festival.

"We were looking at the paintings of Gustave Dore and Heironymous Bosch -- the cluttered jumbles of human forms -- and it seemed like a no-brainer to us to make this kind of ancient art the theme of our festival."

Dante's Hell

: The Garden of Earthly Delights

The Damned Descend into Hell
Franz Francken (source)
It was our hope to recreate some of that jumbled madness at the festival this summer, said Jung Won-ki, programs coordinator.

"Both on land and in the water, really, we were hoping for this kind of effect."

sources (one and two)
Gustave Dore: Dante's Inferno.

Mud festival pictures from here
Comparing these ancient masterpieces with photography from the mud festival, Jung Won-ki smiles a sly smile.

"I think they look exactly the same."
"Don't you?"

"We were thinking about asking people to dress up...but it turned out not to be necessary."

"Really, Dante would be proud to see a scene like this."

"Except this last one. This one's just bloody hot!"

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