Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Drive: Chaos and Prince Mongo

We went for a drive in the country today since the weather was gorgeous and warm. We ended up in the idyllic small town of Saint Romain au Mont d'Or just a few minutes from Lyon in the picturesque Mont d'Or hills. It's a typical little French town except for one very odd component: The Abode of Chaos, which I shall not attempt to explain because I do not understand it. I'm not that smart. Let me just show you... on one side of the street there is a renovated 18th century château that now houses an organization devoted to helping children in need....
And on the other side there is a 17th century house that has been transformed into the Abode of Chaos museum (Demeure de Chaos) by the owner, Thierry Ehrmann. Read this 2006 article from the NYT titled "It's His House. But, Village Traditionalists Ask: Is is art?"

Being a Memphian prepared me well for stumbling upon this today. The skulls, the fire scorched walls, the political commentary, the general weirdness of it all did not faze me, in fact my first thought was "Prince Mongo lives in France now?!" Oh Spirit Thierry, I come from a world you may not understand.


Another photo of the little town....

4 comments:

Divers and Sundry said...

last i heard, prince mongo was living in florida and decorating sand dunes. he still owns property here, though. maybe others from zambodia have come ?

Michelle said...

D&S,
There are Zambodians everywhere, I now know this.

Sparkling Like A Diamond said...

Ok, the poor children will be traumatized by that building! Really, I am surprised that is allowed. Surely there are some type of building codes. Yes, I do think Prince Mongo is in France and specifically in that building! Glad your upbringing prepared you for such a horrific sight.

Sparkling Like A Diamond said...

Ok, the poor children will be traumatized by that building! Really, I am surprised that is allowed. Surely there are some type of building codes. Yes, I do think Prince Mongo is in France and specifically in that building! Glad your upbringing prepared you for such a horrific sight.