Get in touch with your Paleolithic side
Last month, more than 100 people were allowed to view Spain’s Altamira cave paintings, otherwise known as the Sistine Chapel of Paleolithic art. Their visit was two-fold. First, to view the priceless renderings of wild mammals done thousands of years ago. And secondly, so researchers can measure the visitors’ impact on the cave’s temperature, humidity, microbiological contamination and CO2 levels to determine whether this World Heritage Site should be open to the public even though the Spanish National Research Council warned against it a few years ago.
While the verdict has yet to be determined on that site, tourists are welcome to the country’s Cave of El Castillo in Puente Viesgo which features paintings from the Lower Paleolithic Era. In France, the public has been allowed to access Pech Merle in Lot département of the Midi-Pyrénées region and The Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche département.
The latter was the focus of Werner Herzog well-received 2010 film Cave of Forgotten Dreams—proving cave art continues to be popular in the 21st century. As Tom Keogh of the Seattle Times writes, “What we get from this film: a specific and personal sense that 32,000-year-old artists, with all their ideas and passions, were not, fundamentally, that different from us.”
That’s right, despite our iphones, ipads and imacs, you can bet your apps, modern man (and woman) is connected to the past. If you’re like your Paleolithic kin and feel the need to draw on walls, WhiteyBoard offers easy-to-install dry-erase walls, stick-on boards and paint that can transform any contemporary den into a real man cave.