2009-09-22

pmc #9. The return of the Menhir





Forcola Berbenno Sondrio Valtellina Italy


For an explanation of "pmc" see here. A few words of explanation are needed for non Italian visitors. The big hat that you spot in some pictures is that of the Army Corps called "Alpini". It is an old mountain icon not for the war skills (albeit they did sacrifices during the won and lost wars hardly imaginable for us "fat whites") but for the attitude towards wine. The Menhirs have nothing to do with these places (the glaciers were firmly in place at the time), I suppose that they are the product of some television series plus the attempt to fill a somewhat missing local identity, I plan to get back in this subject since, for the many places I've spotted, it is a somewhat recurring, and relatively new, theme in garden architecture in north Italy. More or less the time of the first appearances of rock decorations coincides with the diffusion of satellite tv with his load of documentaries.

3 comments:

Kent Wiley said...

Really crazy stuff, Mauro. Thanks for the multiple views. It reminded me of this view from Scotland, when I was looking for standing stones.

Mike C. said...

It has the feel of a Gaulish theme-park (something I have visited in reality in Brittany).I suspect Obelix may have been on holiday here, once. And the hat on a stick does look a lot like Asterix's...

Unknown said...

Kent the one you are depicting is perhaps a true one.

And Mike yes Obelix may have made its own but when it comes to Asterix Italians are not so enthusiast :-D. In High Italy there has been a vast success for a party called Lega Nord. They sometimes recall the glorious Celtic traditions. Obviously it does not matter if the Megalithic has more or less nothing to do with Celts. Its PMC bits of information gathering with others to form a new cultural platform.