Tuesday, 8 December 2015

In the Courtyard of Compassion

Between the dull, unimaginative, ordinary world of Australian suburbia and the fascinating, inspiring, extraordinary ethereal estate of Villa Twakinilkawt, is the start of a transition zone known as the Adelaidezone.   Within the Adelaidezone, the courtyard of compassion sits, just in front of the gatehouse to Villa Twaklinilkawt.  You may wish to sit peacefully for a while on a marble seat in that courtyard, with only your gently lively imagination for company.

The southern end of the courtyard is faced by the Villa Twaklinilkawt gatehouse, which is reached through its glorious gateway of gratitude.

The northern end of the courtyard of compassion has a tall, brick wall, with a solid, arched, wooden gate in the middle.  The gate has a triple security lock.

The outer side of the brick wall, leading to the courtyard of compassion, has a wire trellis over it, entirely covered in Hardenbergia violacea.  You will find that the large, carved wooden gate of compassion opens outwards.  How will you usually enter the courtyard?

Just inside the courtyard, in front of the gateway of compassion, is a gently curved, plastered rococo wall.  On the wall, facing the gateway, is a surprisingly large, gently lively fountain.  There are pretty hanging baskets of pink, white and turquoise compassion flowers on either side.

The rococo wall is known as the focus of compassion.  The gateway of gratitude within the ethereal gatehouse of Villa Twaklinilkawt is hidden from view whilst the visitor is focusing on the focus of compassion, as is most of the wider courtyard.

Even so, enlightened visitors appreciate the immense relief of the moment.  They are just happy to know they are within the Adelaidezone.  The relief of the moment is the name of the carved feature above the wall fountain. 

On either side of the focus of compassion, the peaceful pathway of empathy leads onto a wide, elegant veranda.  On either side of the courtyard, to the east and west, the twin, double-storey loggia can be seen. They are remarkably ornate, stucco-covered structures with enchanting niches containing elegant, marble and bronze statues.  The ceilings have graceful frescoes and beautiful, jewel-like lanterns.

As the Adelaidezone is an Australian digital arts quarter, the arches on both floors of each loggia are enclosed with security screens and fly wire.  They are not at all like the usual Australian security screens and fly wire.  The wrought iron screens are almost as intricate as the main gates and fences of Villa Twaklinilkawt itself.

On closer inspection, the fly wire is found to be jewel-like, in hues of pink and green and turquoise, with subtle yet brilliantly glossy ebony highlights.  The screens match the security cameras, watching every move of every person in need of thoughtful, enlightened compassion.

Each loggia can only be reached from inside the gatehouse.  In fact, many ill-informed visitors believe the grandeur of the gatehouse indicates that it is the main building, which obviously causes some amusement between the staff and volunteers.


The tour continues this way