Village, Week 10: In which we attend a Peep funeral and study architecture and building techniques..
Our day began with honoring the household Gods and Goddesses of the traveling Peeps,each beseeching their household deities to
protect them on their journey's to the Capital. Unfortunately for Cleon, these prayers fell on deaf ears.
Travel across the Roman Republic in 50 BCE is a dangerous undertaking. The Peeps, although well prepared for the arduous journey, knew this at the outset and were prepared to take their chances. Sadly one Peep, Cleon, has met his demise on the wine dark seas of the Mediterranean. In the dead of night, as his traveling companions slept soundly below decks, Cleon was above tending to the horses and oxen, little knowing that a band of unruly pirates had his ship in their sights. As the pirates drew near Cleon did all that he could to protect himself and the animals, and to warn his companions below but, alas, he was struck down by a pirate. Fortunately, "E.T. Phone Home" (another Peep) glared menacingly at the pirates and they promptly turned tail and ran, sailing away like the cowards they were, and no harm fell to the rest of the crew. Cleon was mourned as a hero, with words of praise heaped upon him by Senator Gallio and his many as well as a funeral pyre (no real fire - the Villagers were disappointed!). Preparations for the funeral took most of the morning, and all of the attention of the Villagers.
Following the funeral of Cleon (and a hearty snack) Villagers turned their attentions back to issues of the day, namely, designing a Villa for Senator Quintus Furvus Gallio. A brief study of ancient architecture and architectural components gave us just the information we needed.
After the architectural slide show and conversation we talked about the enormous weight of marble, granite, stone and cement and how cumbersome a building material, not to mention fragile, it would be for us in the building of our scale model village. Villagers had different suggestions for materials that we might use and in the end we all settled on papier mache for most of our structures, with some work in papercrete and stone.
Following this discussion we settles into an afternoon of working with cardboard and various cutting tools, and discovered the amazing versatility of cardboard! Each Villager made a "Cardboard Sampler", where they attached demonstrations of a range of cardboard techniques, including various ways to have walls stand up, scoring to create a curved surface, nothing and more. These samplers will help the Villages in their building in the weeks and months to come. All agreed that the afternoon was one the best (so far) and enjoyed working with the tools and the cardboard.
It was, as usual, and despite the somber start to the day, another great day in Village...except for these poor Peeps, one of whom has lost it's head, and who have ended up in the Lost and Found - how unfortunate!