Here we come, at last, to the final finished card in the Urban Tarot. It's been a very long, very strange, beautiful journey coming here. Seventy-eight pieces of art, created across thirteen years, a total of about 300 million tiny points of light on my screen. Here's what all of them look like together for the first time: http://www.robinscottart.com/tarot-files/full-set.jpg
XXI: The Universe
This is the last of the major arcana, and it completes the 22-step journey we began with the Fool. We have gone from being a naive wanderer, unsure of what lay ahead of us, but eager to begin the adventure, and have now experienced all that the world around us, and within us, has had to offer. We have seen it all, fully absorbed the truths we have learned and have come to a harmonious synthesis, at peace with the universe and with ourselves. We have completed a great journey, and found ourselves once more right where we began: comfortable in the knowledge that we truly know nothing, and eager to see where the road takes us next.
As this card is a bit of a counterpoint to the Fool, I thought a good deal about that early card from my set as I created this one. I modeled as my Fool back when I began this series, looking very different from how I look these days. I'm standing on the roof my building, against a clear blue sky, with my loyal companion, Oreo, who passed away right around when I created that piece. Behind me, a flock of white doves represent pure innocence at the beginning of the Fool's journey.
My wife Amy is the star of this Universe, as she is the center of mine; all my world orbits around her. While I stood calmly at the precipice of fortune, Amy strides confidently onward and upward into the cosmos. Below her stretches the sprawling skyline of my city, the world I've lived in my whole life. Growing vines and grasses push upwards through the concrete landscape, the endless movement of the living Earth. The great steel eagle head she is walking off of is one of four very distinctive gargoyles that grace the 61st floor of the Chrysler Building. Sitting atop the eagle's head is our cat Amelia, who passed away a little over a year ago, but is still fondly remembered in our home. High overhead, the International Space Station is visible against an image of the milky way (courtesy of NASA), a connection to our larger universe.
Where to Next?
The next update you'll be getting from me should be to show off the card backs, and the layout and design of the deck as a whole. Shortly after that, I'll be putting designs together for the deck boxes and display boxes. And then it's off to the printers. I'm aiming to get that process underway in the next week or two if I can.
We've still got a lot more to see with this project. Once the deck is printed and ready, I have a guidebook I've been looking forward to assembling. There are a lot of details of shipping and distribution to be addresses. And sometime in the next few months, I'll be hosting an opening show here in New York, to which you'll all be invited.
All that said, it's a great place to be, looking at 78 complete pieces. Thank you all, for making it possible.
With infiinite love and gratitude,