Wednesday, June 06, 2007
An award for ugliness?
Would you recognize this as a Catholic Church at first glance? It's actually St Malachy Catholic Church, an award winning architectural structure in Bedford, MA. It actually looks more like a place where people would gather for a good old fashioned country hoe down. It looks like a barn!
The concept is based on mathematical infinity, supposedly meant to represent eternity.
It's just plain confusing. And these holes represent what?
This black box houses the Holy of Holies. That's right, even though you would never recognize it as such, it is the Tabernacle. If God deigns to confine himself to a box for us and he is really and substantially present there, doesn't that box deserve to be of the best and most beautiful design? I find this tabernacle very strange and abstract in its design, incapable of eliciting reverence and devotion. It may be modern art, but it looks like a lump of coal! I find churches like this one downgrade everything beautiful and holy, and are actually rather poor attempts to bring the sacred to modern architecture.