According to the comic book legend, Superman’s father Jor-El sent his infant son to safety on Earth before Krypton’s destruction, saving his life but inadvertently sentencing Superman to a future of displacement, loneliness and longing.
Superman grows up believing that Kandor – his city of birth – was destroyed, but later discovers his real home still exists, having been stolen by intergalactic archvillain Brainiac prior to Krypton’s demise, shrunken to a miniature metropolis and left trapped inside a glass bottle.
Superman ultimately wrestles Kandor away from Brainiac and hides it in his Fortress of Solitude, sustaining its citizens with tanks of Kryptonic atmosphere.
As artist Mike Kelley (1954 – 2012) once explained, Kandor functions for Superman as “a perpetual reminder of his inability to escape the past, and his alienated relationship to his present world.”
The photoshopped image above was sent to me by my friend, Ronne, a native of New Orleans who now lives in the southwest. Ronne didn’t have any information on the origin of the image nor did she have any idea what it might be associated with, but she knows I love the pink, so she sent it over. I can’t find anything on the Internet using the obvious search terms (Pink New Orleans Image October) but I think it’s a nice photo and I figured I had better get it on the blog while we are still in the month of October. If you have any clues as to what this picture is about, please leave them in the comments!
Hawa Mahal Palace built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh (Image Source)
I have a friend at my day job named Darshan, who is from Mumbai, India. Darshan is a very fun and cool person who enjoys learning new American words and talking with me about delicious foods. Darshan rocks. Anyway, just yesterday, Darshan, who is only too happy to talk to me of life in India, told me that the city of Jaipur, which I have actually heard of before, is also called “The Pink City” because many of the city’s buildings are a shade of pink. This talk of a Pink City got my attention right away, of course, and I decided to make the Pink City of Jaipur India my Pink Thing of The Day! Yay! Find out more about Jaipur and why it is called the Pink City at This Link!