Friday, September 22, 2006

Another Kind of Space

Our Lady of the Angels cathedral is located just down the block from the Walt Disney Music Hall designed by Frank Gehry. Yesterday we visited both places and the contrasts could not be more profound. One is majestically linear and strong, the other is ephemeral and swirling, as if ready to fly away. The Disney hall has, I think, no straight lines, by planes the sweep into and over each other, as if dancing and singing.
Which is the more spiritual? Would the Gehry building be a better sacred space than the cathedral? Which one speaks to God's character and qualities? Which building reflects transcendence? Which one immanence? Where is story and where is magic? Is mystery better depicted in dark recesses or curving surfaces? Those two buildings, so close together almost create their own conversation for people intrigued by space.


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