The Talliston Room Atlas and the Talliston Oracle
I have written here before about the unique and magical Talliston house and earlier this year saw the publication of the Talliston Room Atlas, a beautiful photographic journey through this extraordinary house and its gardens. For those who have never encountered Talliston, the house’s creator John Tarrow explains a little about it…
Talliston House & Gardens is a unique interior design and art installation project that took the UK’s most ordinary dwelling (a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex) and reimagined it as Britain’s most extraordinary home. Each of the original rooms and gardens have been lovingly and painstakingly transformed into thirteen stunning locations, set across more than six-thousand years of history, from 4000 BC to 2228 AD. Each is infused with a rich story, incorporating more than 1,800 antiques, objects, furniture and fittings sourced from 27 different countries across the globe. Finished in October 2015 after a 25-year journey, the project explores the concept of the extraordinary within the ordinary, and shows how we all have inside us the power to be whatever we want or can imagine. Accomplished by one man and his growing team of artists, craftspeople and volunteers – all inspired by the project’s unique vision – Talliston imagines each location as the site of the last magical places on Earth.
On the 6th of October Talliston is launching The Talliston Oracle. It’s a fascinating approach that uses the labyrinthine journey through the house as a way of mapping and understanding one’s life path. John explains,
With roots in many countries and cultures, and constructed after a lifetime of world travels, Talliston House & Gardens is an astonishing setting for a new oracle. Launching on 6th October 2016, marking the first anniversary of the completion on Talliston (and the 26th anniversary of the beginning of the project), The Talliston Oracle uses the labyrinth of the house and gardens as a fully immersive environment for seekers to explore, chart their Life Tree and open doors that lead to discovering their True Self.
Working within three core tenets – KNOW THYSELF • TRUST THYSELF • BE THYSELF – The Talliston Oracle offers a path to achieving a life filled with health, happiness and harmony. Using simple central themes seekers will create a symbolic map of their past, present and future, and set out a path to achieve lifeforce balance and ultimately transformation into their True Self. Through the wisdom of their unique Life Tree, they will explore the roots of who they were, the trunk of who they are and the branches of who they want to be. Powerful as this visualisation and self knowledge undoubtedly is, the Oracle goes further than merely mapping emotional, mental and physical landscapes. Using the extraordinary environment of Talliston House & Gardens, seekers will journey within an actual labyrinth of rooms in their quest to discover answers. The first oracular temple to be built in millennia, the Talliston Oracle will:
• Help people to see your world not as it is, but as it should be
• Visualise and vocalise what will bring health, happiness and harmony, and set path towards living a life we love
• Discover how everything need for this journey already exists within us
Still a private home, John has reimagined the thirteen locations and overlays a full oracle system offering specific guidance and direction for any and all life challenges.
Within a labyrinth, you do not lose yourself, you find yourself. This is a house unlike any other, hidden in a wood that you cannot see. Within I have created a secret oracle for anyone to explore its labyrinth of rooms and reveal their inner selves.
For more information on the oracle guide click here. Photography and full information on the house and gardens can be found here.
Where is Talliston? Or is it an imaginary place like Narnia?
It’s very real Anthony – it is in Essex. Check out the website links and you will be able to see how this small ex-council house was transformed.