So we were hanging out...
|He actually does smoke cigars, it is not just a carefully-constructed persona|
Ok, so the Vasa Museum is about the warship Vasa which is the only full-intact 17th century ship that's ever been dredged up from the sea.
The reason for this is the very simple way the Vasa got to the bottom of the sea. The Vasa story is quite elegant:
A king got real excited.
He built a crazy 64-gun ship.
Everybody went to see it launch.
It launched, then a gust of wind hit it wrong, water filled the lower decks, and it immediately sank.
They eventually hauled it up and built a museum around this total embarrassment. As Ken put it "It's kind of like Boston building a museum to Bill Buckner's dropped ball".
But the thing is the ship is nuts, the decorative work alone took six sculptors at least two years, looking up at it is like standing next to a cathedral.
|They sucked at painting though|
|Alchemical wind diagram featuring those famous directions: batwise, turtlewise, lionwise, goatwise|
|"We're at war, let's throw some lifesized dudes on there"|
|I love this little pavilion they built on because it basically justifies any kind of|
creepy Ian Miller baroquetry you draw onto a goblin ship
|Some of the many nameless dead they recovered|
|This one's made to put holes in the deck|
|This one scissors through the rigging and maybe also people|
|This one is a scary spinning anti-rigging shot|