Sometimes we like to mix with ” normal people “
Social Pariah by name but not by nature, we're a friendly bunch here and we like to get about and about dare I say it even mix with "normal people." And when we do venture out into this strange world we inhabit we still like to seek out what some people might consider strange or unusual so thought we'd share a couple of places that have caught our eye and have definitely made onto the Social Pariah wish list of places to visit. The first being Victors Way Indian Sculpture Park in County Wicklow,Ireland. The park covers 22 acres and includes figures of Ganesh, Shiva and other Hindu deities.More up out street are the sculptures of a skeletal Buddha figure, a disembodied finger and a sculpture called The Split Man , which shows a figure ripping itself in two representing the mental state of the dysfunctional human (quite appropriate given the state of the world at the moment !) Intended to represent the spiritual progression to enlightenment, this collection of 14 statues took 20 years to complete. A plaque dedicates the park to mathematician Alan Turing. The second place that's joined our list is in Rome situated in a park in the central district of Piazza Vittorio where the remains of an old villa reveal a Magic or Alchemist Door, a portal into the real and secretive world of 1600s alchemy. It is the only remaining of five gate doors to the Marquis Palombara's villa. According to legend, the Marquis met an alchemist at a dinner party who told him he could use a certain herb to turn metals to gold. In the morning the alchemist was gone but had left behind some gold flakes, evidence apparently of his successful transformations, and an indecipherable sheet, the "recipe" for the transformation. Because the Marquis was unable to read it he inscribed the recipe on his doors in the hope that someone who could understand it would see it and come knocking. Mystery and occult beliefs still surround the door, and a mysterious symbol above the doorway fuels many of these theories. Where ever you go in the world there is beauty and mystery to be found and we at Social Pariah believe the same of every person ,so if you come across someone who doesn't think like that our tip is to smile at them. At best they'll smile back and smile at the next person they see,who knows maybe we can get the world smiling. At worst you'll confuse them !