Onomatopeia... Or is it?

This charming abode by Daniel Barwegen is full of mystery. It’s titled “Onomatopeya”, a facsimile of a word that refers to words that imitate sounds (think “meow” or “atchoo”). But with the windmill and lack of fauna, this build seems to evoke the lack of noises, not noise words. That begs the question of why there isn’t anyone here? The little flying utility vehicle parked outside suggests we’re in the future, and the blue sky and windmill again make me think it’s a utopian rather than dystopian vision. But then again, it’s so overgrown! If someone does live here they’re no gardener… I dunno. In fact, just about the only thing I do know is that the Duplo window fits this place so well I almost didn’t recognize it.


1 comment on “Onomatopeia... Or is it?

  1. hntrains

    This one has required quite a lot of research, from “onomatopoeia” (which, incidentally, is not a, “facsimile of a word”) to “utopia” and “dystopia” (which most people cannot tell apart and explain). The builder himself might not have known exactly how “onomatopoeia” (which, to state things right, is employed to talk about, “the use of words which sound like the noise they refer to” – Collins, 2023) should be used, seeing how this creation has nothing to do with words.

    The vehicle, which obviously hails from the classic Piaggio Ape, has nothing in it which suggests the future (at best, it could, rather forcefully, bring to mind a totally improbable flying object in an imagined space age which has only been possible owing to the ludicrous proposals of stories such as “Flash Gordon” or “Star Wars”); that is, not more than a flowerpot or the house itself.

    The light colours (we’ll ignore the baseplate, which must be merely a showcasing support for the build) in combination with the shades of blue send us to warmer places on the planet (ours, Earth), which are windy enough for a house wind turbine to make sense, such as the Greek islands hit by the meltemi.

    By all means, a plastic-brick toy does not have to be a copy of something real; that is why we fully enjoy looking at what Daniel Barwegen, the builder, has revealed for us on his flickr page.

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