Silence is Golden
Art © Taral Wayne. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Note by Leem: Posted February 2010. Scaled to fit - see the full-size version. Taral
also sent me a black and white version, which I guess you could call “Silence is Silver”...
The colour version was also posted in the Scraps section of Taral’s FurAffinity pages (login required for Mature Content), with the comment: As everyone knows, at the end of the story Midas loses his touch of gold, and everything he turned into precious metal returns to its orginal form, including the statue of his daughter. Guess who knew all about Midas, and insisted it was perfectly safe to turn *her* to gold? After all, at the “end” she’d return to life too. But Midas and the Golden Touch was fiction, and in real life there is no “ending.”
Midas and his daughter(s) also inspired a previous image. As for this one, it received some comments from a FurAffinity user named Downloader who asked whether the gold girl is aware or not. That’s something that Taral likes to leave ambiguous, although I can’t help being reminded of that old song - “Silence is golden, but my eyes still see”... I’m with downloader in preferring to think that petrified “victims” remain conscious, though it would take a lot of mental adjustment to avoid going crazy from boredom. But then, if you had the power to (willingly) change someone into a statue you should be able to make them enjoy the experience too - assuming you wanted them to.
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