Pracownia (Studio) Forresta Bessa – Poczopek, Poland - Atlas Obscura

Pracownia (Studio) Forresta Bessa

Poczopek, Poland

A marker honors the brief peace found by a tormented artist of the fictional Kcymaerxthaere. 


Created by Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios, Kcymaerxthaere is a “parallel universe that intersects with much of our linear Earth, but with different stories, creatures, peoples, even laws of physics and qualities of existence.”  It has been likened to a novel with every page in a different place. What makes the Kcymaerxthaere project particularly interesting is that Demetrios installs informative markers and historical sites at the locations in our world that connect to his world, creating real world intersections with his imagined universe. For the months of August and September, 2014, Demetrios acted as our first ever Geographer-in-Residence and his Kcymaerxthaere locations continue to be featured all over the Atlas. To learn more see our introductory article here

Forrest Bess’ disaggregation in time casts a harsh light on the dangers of travel across ywrengs and other time frontiers in the world of Kcymaerxthaere. It was relatively safe for individuals, but the risks were there. Given the sadness of so much of his life, it is a peaceful thought to know the happiness he found here. With all the markers that honor conflict, it is pleasing to stand in the beautiful primordial forest of eastern Poland, in the last fragment of the ancient forest that once covered of our Europe and share it what Bess called his “wall-less, most perfect, studio.”

Though he was instrumental in spreading the word about the Bravenleavanne generally, and Nobunaga-Gotari’s personal journey in giving up his warlike ways in particular, Bess himself knew relatively little peace, and much of it was here. (Though the marker uses the spelling “Forrest,” many scholars are adamant that the proper spelling is “Forest”).



Know Before You Go

You head to the Sylvarium, part of Nadleśnictwo Krynki. This plaque is off the long driveway from the main road, but before you get to the museum and megalithic installation. Nevertheless, it is best to park in the main area and walk a bit back

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