Ambigrams Revealed Challenge 2 Submissions
Here are the submissions for Ambigrams Revealed Challenge 02! The second ambigram challenge was an unparalleled success! The diversity, imagination, and creativity of the ambigram artists around the world never ceases to amaze! So, without any further delays, here are the Ambigrams Revealed Challenge 02 Submissions. Some of the artists submitted a short writeup along with their ambigrams, while others submitted just the work. And as always…Please note: All work is copyrighted to each individual artist. Do not use the artists’ work without their written permission.
God – Dog / Dieu – Chien.
Anubis is a dog-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion.Both English and French, this ambigram shows the words “God – Dog” (English), translated into “Dieu – Chien” (French). http://translate.google.com/#en/fr/god%20dog
Zeus, King of Gods.
Lord of Heaven, Zeus is also the King of Gods and men, who rules the Olympians of Mount Olympus as a father rules the family according to the ancient Greek religion. He is the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology. He can see everywhere, everybody, and optionally intervene in events. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeus#King_of_the_gods
Eros is Love.
In Greek mythology, Eros was the Greek god of love. Some myths make him a primordial god, while in other myths, he is the son of Aphrodite. In early Greek poetry and art, Eros was depicted as an adult male who embodies sexual power.”Eros is Love” and “Love is Eros”. From the god, Eros has become a concept, that refers to “intimate love” or romantic love. The term “erotic” is derived from eros. Eros has also been used in philosophy and psychology in a much wider sense, almost as an equivalent to “life energy”.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros_(concept)
In my design and personal work it’s crucial that everything I create comes from deep personal meaning. Saraswati is the Goddess of Knowledge, Wisdom and the Creative Arts. The Sanskrit word “Sara” means “essence” and the word “swa” means “self” so her name itself means the “essence of self.” As an educator, creativity cultivator and self awareness advocate Saraswati symbolizes the values and beliefs which drive all my actions and creations.
Saraswati’s visual form is immediately recognized by four arms – two of which represent her activity in the physical world, the other two represent the spiritual world. Her four hands represent the four elements of her inner personality – mind, wisdom, consciousness and ego. In my ambigram design I have repeatedly incorporated multiples of four to represent these characteristics. Saraswati’s visual form is also known for representing two complimentary sides of “heart” and “intellect” in the creative arts thus I intentionally designed a rotational amibigram and mirrored framing elements. There are several more symbolic elements which characterize Saraswati some of which I included in the design, others I chose to set aside for the time being. The use of the Lotus Flower denotes supreme knowledge and purity. Traditionally it’s depicted as a white flower. I chose to incorporate a rich vibrant range of color because “white” literally contains all colors of the spectrum. I also incorporated peacock feathers to call attention to her desire to overcome fear in favor of true love. The vibrant hues of blues and gold in the design represent her as a royal deity.
Dan Adona Jr.
BATHALA is a Tagalog deity worshipped by the pre-Christian Filipinos whose mythology is one of those still recognizable even after 300+ years of Spanish-brought Catholicism.
Belief in Bathala, whose name is derived from the Sanskrit “bhattara” (noble lord), is brought on by the Indians who traded with (and married into) our Indo-Malayan ancestors.
The creation of all life is attributed to him by the Tagalogs (a Filipino ethnic group) and is believed to be living in kalawakan (heavens; or more like somewhere over and beyond the clouds), a similarity he has with the Christian God which the Spanish friars used (exploited) in converting the natives. Note that our ancestors, being animists as well, believe he dwell also in the trees, in rivers, in the air, even in rocks and mountains.
The somewhat fatalistic Filipino idiomatic expression “Bahala na” (which could mean: “God will provide”; “come what may”; or even “whatever”) is derived from Bathala. It’s a coping mechanism in times of uncertainty, where one leaves (and accepts) his fate at the hands of God … Or where one rest his well-being on someone else, as the terms: bahala (take charge) pamamahala (governance) pamahalaan (government) all can be traced back to Bathala the supreme Tagalog deity.
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Despite the fact that I have little time for ambigrams, I tried to create new ambigram for the challenge. Adaptation of Homer’s epic poem “Iliad” was one of first “serious” books I’ve read. I was a 7 year old child, but this reading shaped my interest in ancient history for many years. Because of that I used word “Iliada” not “Iliad” or “Ilias. “ Second ambigram is from 2008. I made it as a non-competitive entry for the last Nagfa’s Ambigram Challlenge. All the time, its beauty continues to enchant me.
This is a list of all the characters in the Harryhausen submission.
Centaur – The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Head, arms, and torso of a human and the body and legs of a horse.
Harpy – Jason and the Argonauts
One of the winged spirits, best known for stealing food from Phineus.
Dragon – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Serpentine legendary creature with lizard legs and bat wings.
Cyclops – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Giant with a single eye in the middle of his forehead.
Skeleton Warrior – Jason and the Argonauts
Grown from the Hydra’s teeth thrown by King Aeëtes
Griffin – The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Body and tail, and of a lion; the head and wings of an eagle.
Medusa – Clash of the Titans
Face of a hideous human female with snakes in place of hair.
Talos – Jason and the Argonauts
Giant man of bronze who guards Europa, Crete from invaders.
Kali – The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Six-armed Hindu Goddess of Time, Change, and Destruction.
Pegasus – Clash of the Titans
Winged divine stallion usually depicted as white in color.
Pruh and Javier
This is the name of my mom’s dog. She, the dog, has two faces; like in the Greek theatre, one half is a happy (and evil) and the other is sad (and cute). That’s why my mom named her: Fedra.
From Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, Phaedra (Ancient Greek: Φαίδρα – Phaidra) is the daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë, wife of Theseus, sister of Ariadne, and the mother of Demophon of Athens and Acamas. Phaedra’s name derives from the Greek word φαιδρός (phaidros), which meant “bright”.
(And everyone, meet the inspiration behind the ambigram! Such a cute pup!)
Good & Evil Twins
Here is our entry. It is a true collaboration of the Good and Evil Twins, as my brother Josh (the evil twin) is obsessed with comics and decreed that Thor and Loki had to be done for the Ambigrams Revealed Challenge. Here is a link to the Marvel Comic website, and the show they made about these two heros: http://marvel.com/tv/show/158/thor_loki_blood_brothers/
It reads Trojan Horse, it is the “gift” from the Greeks to Trojans which hide Greek warriors. It is not exactly the name of a hero, but it has to do with Achilles and the Troy
Vineeth G. Nair
Brahma Vishnu Mahesh: In Hindu mythology, Brahma is known as the Creator, Vishnu is known as the Protector and Mahesh is known as the Destroyer. All three make the power of one God.
Ganesh: Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles and more generally as the Lord of Beginnings. So, mostly at the beginning of anything, he is worshipped. His elephant head is one of the most significant characteristic that is used to identify him. This is shown in the ambigram. Also the red hibiscus flower that is added as a decoration is the most common flower offered to him (any red flower is acceptable).
• The winner will be announced within the next two weeks. There may or may not be a guest judge for this challenge…but all will be revealed in the upcoming article.
• Some interviews from Ambigrams Revealed, as well as some quotes from the artists will slowly start to make their way onto the website…stay tuned!