The winner of the Guess the Logo Contest is...
Anton S. from Oakland, CA.
Anton's process for arriving at his answer: "As I am a chess player, when I first looked at the logo, I saw a rook, but then I saw the clue that it was a take-off from a Kafka novel, so I figured, okay it's not "Rook" but "The Castle" ("Das Schloss"). Now to the plant, I thought. Maybe grapevines, but the leaves didn't seem that way, so I figured there's no chance I can be certain what it is, so I'll assume it's a visual metaphor--Knowing that Kaibigan deeply values improving the lives of people, it seemed like the idea of a new society jibed with I saw: growth, and the braid representing strength through working together/helping each other out, and an emphasis on the roots which I thought represented things such as solid grounding, nourishment, connectedness to history. Then I thought that this sounded familiar, like something I'd see referenced in "The Original Writings of Philip Vera Cruz" by Sid Amores Valledor, but I couldn't quite remember, so I looked in the notes section of the book and found a reference to "The New Castle: Reaching for the Ultimate" by Malachi Martin which said "...with its liberating and transcendent power, the New Castle is a metaphor for a new vision of knowing and living." I said, "That's got to be it: The New Castle.""
For correctly guessing the name of the logo, $100 was awarded to him as well as $100 was donated, in his name, to Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County. Congratulations, Anton!
Guess the Logo Contest Background
Beginning in March 2014, a website (thefutureishistory.org) was launched as a way to bring interest to the The New Castle Society. This was accomplished by having people guess the name of the logo above. Monthly clues were added to the site between the months of March to July and the guesses were posted to the site.
Clue #1 (posted 03/29/2014): Take-off from a Franz Kafka novel.
Clue #2 (posted 04/30/2014): Defying any Kafkaesque vision of human fate, logo symbolizes transcendence.
Clue #3 (posted 06/02/2014): The logo symbolizes the vision of that ideal state.
Clue #4 (posted 07/01/2014): The name of the logo/website contains 3 words.
Clue #5 (posted 07/15/2014): The name of the logo/website is: The [blank] Castle. Fill in the Blank.