inverted tower

A mask that contains gigantic power seems to be resting in the temple of the accursed land…

Process video here!

The next Majora’s Mask themed commission is the Giant’s Mask!
The Giant’s Mask basically has no lore in the series, so I got inventive. I imagined the mask as based a figure from ancient Ikanan legend. The mask was part of the head of a great stone colossus (thus the Shadow of the Colossus look, haha :P) that dueled with Twinmold, eventually becoming sealed away in the inverted Stone Tower together with its foes when the doors were closed, and crumbling away to dust.

> Great Fairy’s Mask
> Keaton Mask
> Captain’s Hat


The Initiation Well in Sintra, Portugal 

Quinta da Regaleira, the estate where this well or “inverted tower” is 27 meters deep, and just like the rest of the estate it is packed with symbolic references to cosmology, alchemy, and mythology (mostly roman and greek), and perhaps even mentions to freemasonry. The gardens are huge and constantly well-kept, and are the best and biggest part of the 2-3 hour visit.

The owner of the estate as we now know it was 1800’s Carvalho Monteiro, who on the last floor of his palace actually had a secret door that led to his alchemy lab. He commissioned the Italian architect Luigi Manini to design pretty much all there is in his estate, and Manini did a splendid job, everything being thought out in an astonishingly detailed manner. There are waterfalls from which you can walk behind the falling water, lots of grottos and manmade tunnels to explore, majestic towers,and  beautiful fountains. 

One can reach the bottom of the Initiation Well after walking for a good 5-10 minutes below ground in near absolute darkness, although they recently installed some ambient lights down there. (Source)

The Inverted Tower - Sintra, Portugal

An underground tunnel with a spiral staircase, supported by carved columns, down to the bottom of the well through nine landings. The nine hole round landings, separated by fifteen steps, evoke references to Dante’s Divine Comedy, and may represent the nine circles of hell, paradise, or purgatory.