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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Cathedral of San Francisco

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Looks more like a washing machine agitator.

All across the nation such a strange vibration
People in motion
There's a whole generation with a new explanation
People in motion people in motion
For those who come to San Francisco
Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair
If you come to San Francisco

As the song says.

Beam me up Scotty, as Captain Kirk was famous for saying


And believe it not!

"The cathedral's red brick floor recalls early Mission architecture,and the rich heritage of the local church. Above the altar is a kinetic sculpture by Richard Lippold. Alive with reflected light, the 14 tiers of triangular aluminum rods symbolize the channel of love and grace from God to His people, and their prayers and praise rising to him. The sculpture, suspended by gold wires, is 15 stories high and weighs one ton. "

2 comments:

Matthew said...

"Looks more like a washing machine agitator."

You've got that right. In fact, it's nickname here is "St Mary Maytag." (Maytag is an American brand of washing machines.)

Have you seen what they're building across the Bay in Oakland? Yikes. (Looks like a spiky football to me. What it doesn't look like is a Catholic church.)

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/15/MN25S6FQO.DTL
http://calcatholic.web141.discountasp.net/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=e2600031-d220-405d-be39-0898fbf808c8
http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=bd68f658-6d72-456e-b573-cd83c7bb4141

Phil said...

I hate to appear "unsound", but of all the modern churches that I've had the misfortune to visit, this cathedral is probably the best. It would not be difficult to reorder for the Extrordinary Form of the Mass either.