8 November 2012 at 13:02:30 MST
Finished detail of the tower, from the Michael Ende book, "The Neverending Story"
The book describes it thus:
"The word "tower" might give someone who has never seen it
the wrong idea. It had nothing of the church or castle about it.
The Ivory Tower was as big as a whole city. From a distance it
looked like a pointed mountain peak twisted like a snail shell. Its
highest point was deep in the clouds. Only on coming closer
could you notice that this great sugarloaf consisted of
innumerable towers, turrets, domes, roofs, oriels, terraces, arches,
stairways, and balustrades, all marvelously fitted together. The
whole was made of the whitest Fantastican ivory, so delicately
carved in every detail that it might have been taken for the
latticework of the finest lace.
These buildings housed the Childlike Empress's court, her
chamberlains and maidservants, wise women and astrologers,
magicians and jesters, messengers, cooks and acrobats, her
tightrope walkers and storytellers, heralds, gardeners, watchmen,
tailors, shoemakers and alchemists. And at the very summit of the
great tower lived the Childlike Empress in a pavilion shaped like
a magnolia blossom. On certain nights, when the full moon
shone most gloriously in the starry sky, the ivory petals opened
wide, and the Childlike Empress would be sitting in the middle
of the glorious flower."
The silhouettes are Atreyu and Falkor (The luck dragon) flying towards the Magnolia Pavillion.