James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903, United States/England)
Whistler was an American artist, active during the American Gilded Age and based primarily in England. He was averse to sentimentality and moral allusion in painting, and was a leading proponent of the credo “art for art’s sake”. His signature on many of his paintings was in the shape of a stylized butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail.
Finding a parallel between painting and music, Whistler entitled many of his paintings Arrangements, Harmonies, and Nocturnes, emphasizing the primacy of tonal harmony. His most famous painting is Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (1871), commonly known as Whistler’s Mother, the revered and oft-parodied portrait of motherhood. Whistler influenced the art world and the broader culture of his time with his artistic theories and his interactions with leading artists and writers.
Great Caesar’s Ghost is the spirit of a departed leader the the Eternal City (the name was a misnomer, it turned out). Once tried to build a tower into High Heaven, saw something while at the very top, stuff went down, and is now a ghost. Now he acts as a monitor of the worldly plane, and basically tries to warn people away from acts of folly and hubris.
You know when you see something that leaves you speechless and you whistle in astonishment? The Whistler did that when it saw the birth of the world. Technically qualifying as a wind god, the Whistler has mastery over wind instruments such as flutes, fifes, and whistles of all sorts. And cleanliness, some believe. It is commonly agreed that the Whistler whistling in astonishment on the seventh day of Kingdom Come will officially signal the end of the world. Last seen performing an impromptu concert on an asteroid to a small group of little green men and foos.
In Oregon, residents near Forest Grove have for weeks been reporting an unusual, shrill noise that reportedly occurs at all hours of day and night.
Those affected by the noise have complained that the high-pitched “whistling” sound has led to many sleepless nights, with some likening the noises to metal scraping, or the screeching noise of brakes being applied.
The mystery noise has been recorded by Forest Grove locals, and featured in a number of newscasts that have featured the strange sounds, though as yet no explanation appears to have been offered.