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Origami Lanterns spicing up my Christmas Lights :)

Origami Lanterns spicing up my Christmas Lights :)

The Intended Function of the Cathedral

There are forty-two Cathedrals in England. There are two main altars within a Cathedral, the High Altar in the Quire and the altar in the Lady Chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The altars are considered a central point of focus for a worshiper.

From when Cathedrals were first built, leading up to a decade or two ago, the sole purpose of the building was to accommodate Christian worshipers. But as the years have passed by and the general style of everyday architecture has evolved more for practicality, the Cathedrals and their worshipers have had to adapt to the growth in tourism. In part, the tourism is due to the lack of money the Cathedrals have for maintenance, but it is also due to the monumental status the historic architectural styles have brought the buildings. Built for and dedicated to the Christian God; all the time, effort and beauty put in to the making of these religious buildings is visually perceived and marked down in history as a solid representation of the love and devotion the Christian community have for their God. The fundamental function of a Cathedral is a place of worship, but for the non-Christian tourist the purpose of the visit is to witness the grandeur of the historic building. Suddenly the focus shifts away from the altars and settles on the windows, the ceilings, the statues; the building promptly has a new objective.

Through centralising the altar of the Lady Chapel within the middle panel of the triptych, these six panoramas represent the original purpose of the room, portraying the true function of a Cathedral.

 

Nicola Broadbent.

Wells Lady Chapel

Wells Lady Chapel

Salisbury Lady Chapel

Salisbury Lady Chapel

Gloucester Lady Cathedral

Gloucester Lady Cathedral

Exeter Lady Chapel

Exeter Lady Chapel

Bristol Lady Chapel

Bristol Lady Chapel

Hereford Lady Chapel

Hereford Lady Chapel

"Never say never."

~ Henri, An American Tail (1986).

"The sea is nothing but a library of all the tears in history."

~ Lemony Snicket