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The rabbit is significant in that the handle on the original South Pointing Chariot was carved in the form of a rabbit. Because the handle extended out front it meant that wherever the rabbit went the chariot had to follow.
The original item looked like a little hand cart with the figure of a man mounted on a platform between the wheels. The man's outstretched arm always pointed south.
The hoop is there to remind us not to jump through it, not to submit to someone else's control.
The engine of ancient society was religion but the engine of contemporary society, as I see it, is advertising.
The dog, the rabbit and the hoop all feature in the painting, and take the place of the orrery.
The dog and the rabbit are telling us not to chase unattainable material goals.
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.
She's not happy about the life she is living but to jump through the hoop would mean to succumb to death.
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.
Newton, of course, was the inventor of differential calculus so his place in the tale is quite special.
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.
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.
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.
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