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What do I do with my life - still pondering that, keep exploring the possibilities I suppose...

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Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster, playwright (c. 1580-1634)

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. -Margaret Millar, novelist (1915-1994)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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then a massive golden altarpiece

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Apparently staggering amounts of gold.

'...a vast Gothic retablo comprised of 45 carved scenes from the life of Christ. The lifetime's work of a single craftsman, Pierre Dancart, this is the ultimate masterpiece of the cathedral - the largest and richest altarpiece in the world and one of the finest examples of Gothic woodcarving anywhere.'

this text appears in most articles referring to Pierre Dancart

hildegard says:

And most articles on the Cathedral include this quote from one of the founders; "We shall have a church so big and of such a kind that those who see it built will think we were mad."

Yep, got that one down... ;)

11th Dec 2009, 12:15

billion says:

mad? completely flippin' bonkers is more accurate...

11th Dec 2009, 12:21

cariadus says:

Wow, massive is an understatement...

11th Dec 2009, 18:19

Viv says:

Yes - I sort of felt very confused this place built to impress was not doing that - I could acknowledge the amazing work and detail but it left me cold - only messages of wealth and power were reaching me - and it was all controlled no free-will no loving individual details but then... ah then I zoomed onto this golden monstrosity and was once again amazed - the vulgarity of the mass of gold was no doubt the effect the church wanted but Pierre Dancart was a craftsman and no doubt a great believer and this was his life's work and he created it with amazing skill and no doubt love for Christ...
later today I will post some of the individual scenes that without my camera I wouldn't have been able to see and I would have left this cathedral rather deflated instead I left elated.

12th Dec 2009, 10:28

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