Majestic Heavens

Majestic Heavens

Look upward to a visage of majestic heavens in motion, created by circular chandeliers suspended from a vaulted ceiling in this interior photograph by Shelley Neff. The suspended frame is created by a series of steel ovals fixed by metal slats of different lengths. From this frame hang the chandeliers, likewise formed by concentric circles of steel, each of which presents some heavenly body at its center. We see Sun, Saturn, and stars. Somehow the light radiating from the slatted framework propels this oval clockwise. The area surrounding this oval is alight with some 40 glowing white bulbs, so many stars orbiting the interior planets. They seem to move counterclockwise. On the ceiling itself we see the outlines of constellations and a sword bearing saint. The sharp woodblock hits of Dan Goldstein’s track perhaps speak to the bright spots of white light speckling the canvas. The hypnotic nature of the track’s trance style seem consonant with, and perhaps contribute to the mesmerizing effect of staring for some period of time at the kaleidoscopic images in Shelly’s photo. Ultimately the music finishes the process which the photography begins – to transform the observation of a decorated vaulted ceiling into a spaceship’s view of...
Cathedral Reflections

Cathedral Reflections

The shiny reflection on the floor of Washington National Cathedral’s Bethlehem Chapel attests to some humble man performing his humble duty in magnificent fashion. The visitor here, whose depressed spirit allows perhaps only a downward glance, is offered reflections of hope and elevation, reflections of his own potential for self improvement and greatness. As the eyes of our encouraged guest draw upward, he sees the column bases, solid blocks, unshakable foundations. The columns’ first decorous bands, protruding gently, smooth and curved, speak a graceful word, one of comfort. So he lifts his eyes still further and upward. Even as the whole space is filled with grandeur, so is our inspired witness filled with awe. It is awe for man’s creation. It is awe for G-d, whose glory all this celebrates. Dan Goldstein chooses a warm, resonant brass sound for an ambient effect. Cathedral spaces have always been favorite venues for brass quintets. Perhaps two trombonists stand just out of sight and offer their humble meditation, their humble prayer. The sparsity of interval and rhythm speaks to the stillness of the place. Somehow the noble simplicity of this brass chant allows us to be impressed by this grand interior without being overwhelmed by it. This Washington National Cathedral interior shot provides a breathtaking subject for the Midisparks Art Greeting Card. The 7″ X 5″ inch card is truly a piece of art in and of itself. These linen-finish cards make nice individual gifts. We offer 10 cards with matching envelopes for $27. Please click over to the Shop on the shopping cart button to order and to discover the other...