'Corpse lillies' – but of course they'd have 'em! About the first thing I asked on the first day was that while I totally get the aesthetic of the city referencing great civilisations/ancient cultures (and obviously goes hand in hand with the Engineers looking like classical statues), I wanted to know why/how the shift happened to the Giger/biomechanical look. I never did get an answer so I invented one for my backstory/inserted it into my/David's scientific notes, here as it applies to flora and fauna studies. From the right hand side: "It also occurs to me to investigate the possibility that the seemingly divergent shift from previously monolithic and simple forms of classic Engineer architecture to the post-industrial aesthetic especially apparent in their interplanetary vehicles and spacesuits are actually the result of a congruent return to even older and natural forms. Possibly the result of both an aesthetic epiphany and the technological means to achieve it. Culminating in a relatively sudden shift combining anthropomorphism, zoomorphism, and phylotomorphic traits. Not to mention the vascularity inherent in mechanically or technologically based branching systems and architectural structures, so that an all-encompassing type of 'bio-mechanical' view emerged."
Transcription – David’s Illustrations
Amorphophallus titanum, in Latin | Ancient Greek = άμορφος + φαλλός
amorphos = without form, misshapen + phallos = phallus + titanum = titan/giant (1)
Also known as the titan arum is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence(spike) in the world.(3)
Due to its odour, like the smell of a rotting corpse or carcass, it’s characterized as a carrion flower and is also known as the corpse flower or corpse plant.
Taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct plants.
Green plants with a vascular system that contains tracheids or tracheary elements (as vessel elements or fibres) and including the subdivisions Psilopsida, Sphenopsida, Lycopsida, and Pteropsida.
Seed plants that produce an embryo with a single cotyledon and parallel-veined leaves: includes grasses and lilies and palms and orchids; divided into four subclasses or superorders: Alismatidae; Arecidae; Commelinidae; and Liliidae.
monocotyledonous woody or herbaceous plants that are usually sympodial with cyclic flowers on a spadix — see Araceae, Lemnaceae.
The family of plants (order Arales) chiefly of tropical distribution distinguished by having the flowers on a fleshy spadix subtended by a leafy spathe.(2)
The genus of tropical East Indian aroids having a mottled flowering spathe in advance of the large compound leaf and often attaining a height of several feet — see krubi. 2 plural – es: a plant of the genus Amorphophallus.(1)
The Essence Of Putrescence by GORGASM
album: “Bleeding Profusely” (2001)
Here she lies dead, yet crawling with life
Rotting entombed and deformed by decay
Taking her from death putrid grasp
Now her remains return home with me
I reconstruct her corpse to fuck
Wax replacing skin that’s rotted
Fasten bones with screws and wire
Vaginal tube inserted
I’m consumed with sick…
Breathing in her rancid scent
Intoxicated as I mount her
Cunt and ass joined from the thrusting
Her remains crushed while I’m fucking
Embalmed with cum I spew my climax deep inside her
Festering lust turning to nymphomania
- Walter, K.S. & Gillett, H.J. [eds] (1998) 1997 IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants. Compiled by the World Conservation Monitoring Center. IUCN – The World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
- Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (August 2003)
- Attenborough, D. (1995) The Private Life of Plants. BBC Books, London.
- The Essence Of Putrescence by GORGASM, album: “Bleeding Profusely” (2001) http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/gorgasm/bleedingprofusely.html