Intro to William Blake's American Spring

Thanksgiving (along with the 4th of July) is one of two consummately American holidays. I figured Thanksgiving weekend was an ideal time to spend working on a brief animation rooted in a plate from William Blake’s America a Prophesy. Blake’s take on America was romantic and cynical, romantic in that he viewed the American revolution as shifting the balance of power in world affairs, cynical in that he believed power would have a corrupting influence on the American revolutionaries. He was right to be cynical. Nevertheless, I sense beauty in his apocalyptic vision of America.

Animation duration: 16.6 seconds, before looping.

Peter Schmideg

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