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So, my multi-chapter Revolution fic, Vivre (At the End of the World), or as it's come to be known, "art fic," has gotten a bit out of a hand. In particular, my research for this fic has gotten out of hand. So rather than hoard it all to myself, I'm creating this little visual guide to the head!canon that makes up Vivre. Just because I can.

A map of the important buildings and locations in Vivre: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zZVXbsCF99B0.kgy6nT7Nl4Os


Many of the buildings in Philadelphia are repurposed by the Monroe Republic. Most notably, for the purposes of this fic are:

Independence Hall
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Screencap Source:
Unfortunately, the floorplan of Independence Hall does not match up to what we saw of the interior on the show. However, for the purposes of this story, I've decided that Bass' office is the upstairs left, Miles' bedroom (and the room that eventually became Rachel's) is the upstairs right and Bass' bedroom is the downstairs right, with the two boarded windows (though at the time of the story, they are not yet boarded.) The downstairs left is not mentioned in the story but it is in fact set up like a courtroom.

Philadelphia Athenaeum
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Photo Sources: Exterior photos captured from Google Maps, Interior photo (http://www.philagrafika2010.org/node/67)
In Vivre, Rachel is held for the first three years of her captivity at the Philadelphia Athenaeum, a library not far from Independence Hall. The top photo is the exterior, the middle photo is the back exterior including the veranda and the bottom photo is the main hall with the book stacks and windows overlooking the veranda.

Eastern State Penitentiary
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Photo Sources: www.easternstate.org
Though Eastern State is never visited in Vivre, it is mentioned a couple of times. The rather medieval-looking building near the Museum District of Philadelphia was one of the original prisons in the United States and eventually became a recognized historic site. After the siege of Philadelphia, the Monroe Republic converted it back into a prison. The prisoners there were often used for physical labor, such as the clean-up of the fire at Penn's Landing Granary.

The Barnes Foundation
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Photo Source: http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/tag/barnes-foundation/
The Barnes Foundation was originally located in Merion, a suburb of Philadelphia, and moved to the Museum District of the city in May 2012, amidst much controversy in the art world. In Vivre, the Barnes was converted into a munitions storage facility by the Monroe Republic.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Photo Source: Wikipedia
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a little farther down the river from the Barnes Foundation and is famous for its grand front steps. The Monroe Republic converted it to munitions storage as well.


Each chapter title in Vivre is named after a work of art in the collection of either the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Barnes Foundation. Those works of art are:

sardanapalus
The Death of Sardanapalus, Eugene Delacroix, 1844 (PMoA)
lamb
Man with a Lamb, Pablo Picasso, 1943-44 (PMoA)
gates
The Gates of Hell, Auguste Rodin, 1880-1917 (Rodin Museum, PMoA)
soldiers
Boy with Toy Soldiers, Antonio Mancini, 1876 (PMoA)
birdcage
Girl with Birdcage, Paul Cezanne, 1888 (Barnes Foundation)

Other artworks featured in Vivre include:

wh stockings
Woman with White Stockings, Gustave Courbet, 1864 (Barnes)
reclining van gogh
Reclining Nude, Vincent van Gogh, 1887 (Barnes)
red stockings
Girl I - Rear View with Red Stockings, Georges Rouault, 1905 (Barnes)
reclining matisse
Reclining Nude, Henri Matisse, 1923-24 (Barnes)
bonheur
Bonheur de Vivre, Henri Matisse, 1905-06 (Barnes)