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A Gigantic Buddha Statue Emerges from the Top of a Hill in Japan

A Gigantic Buddha Statue Emerges from the Top of a Hill in Japan

August 3, 2017

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Johnny Strategy

Normally a cemetery wouldn’t be on our list of recommended sites to see, but the Makomanai Cemetery is one of the most awe-inspiring places we’ve ever been. Located in the outskirts of Sapporo, a large stone Buddha occupies the sprawling landscape. All 1,500 tons of it has sat alone there for 15 years. But when the cemetery decided they wanted to do something to increase visitor’s appreciations for the Buddha, they enlisted architect Tadao Ando, who had a grand and bold idea: hide the statue. More



Art History

16th Century Miniature Boxwood Carvings That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

16th Century Miniature Boxwood  Carvings That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand

Jan.3.17

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Kate

Carved the size of a palm or smaller, these miniature boxwood carvings featuring religious iconography from the early 16th century have long been a mystery to researchers in the field. It is believed that the entire body of work was created during a 30-year window between 1500 and 1530, somewhere in Flanders or the Netherlands. More



Art

New Text Drawings Formed by Letters From Religious Texts by Meg Hitchcock

New Text Drawings Formed by Letters From Religious Texts by Meg Hitchcock

Sep.6.16

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Kate

It’s been awhile since we’ve written about Meg Hitchcock‘s work (previously), first covering her practice in 2011 when she spent 135 hours gluing tens of thousands of individuals letters from the Koran to transcribe the Book of Revelation from the Christian New Testament. Hitchcock continues to produce religious-based text works that dissect the word of God, discouraging her audience from a literal reading by ignoring punctuation and spacing in the sentences she forms. More



Art Design History

An Early Christian Church Resurrected in Towering Wire Mesh by Edoardo Tresoldi

An Early Christian Church Resurrected in Towering Wire Mesh by Edoardo Tresoldi

Mar.31.16

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Kate

With hundreds of yards of wire mesh artist Edoardo Tresoldi has built an interpretation of an early Christian church that once stood in its place at the current Archaeological Park of Siponto, Italy. Built with the assistance of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Archaeology Superintendence of Puglia, the installation connects ancient archaeology with contemporary art. The sculpture stands on the former church’s site with a ghostly presence, looking almost like a hologram illuminated in the park. More



History Photography

A Drought in Mexico Uncovers a 400-Year-Old Colonial Church in the Middle of a Reservoir

A Drought in Mexico Uncovers a 400-Year-Old Colonial Church in the Middle of a Reservoir

Oct.20.15

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Johnny

Usually when droughts occur and reservoir water levels recede, it’s not a good thing. But a certain drought in Southern Mexico is attracting a lot of enthusiasm. Water levels in the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir have dropped by 82 ft (25 meters), revealing the remains of a mid-16th century colonial church. Known as the Temple of Santiago, the structure was erected by Dominican friars but then abandoned in the 1770s because of plagues.
The 48-ft tall church became a relic of memory in 1966 when the construction of a dam submerged it under water. More



Design Photography

Vertical Panoramic Photographs of New York Churches by Richard Silver

Vertical Panoramic Photographs of New York Churches by Richard Silver

Sep.24.15

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Kate

Richard Silver (previously) has a unique way of looking at architecture, building composite photographs from several images that seamlessly reveal a structure’s interior. His new series captures the insides of New York churches, and are perfectly timed for the Pope’s impending arrival on U.S. soil. These images are composed of 6-10 shots, forming a vertical panorama so cohesive that it might give you vertigo.
Although Silver has been to hundreds of churches during his career and many years of travel, it’s only recently that he figured out how to capture the expansive inner beauty of their architecture. More



Amazing Design

An Abandoned Indonesian Church Shaped Like a Massive Clucking Chicken

An Abandoned Indonesian Church Shaped Like a Massive Clucking Chicken

Jul.21.15

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Kate

Towering above the trees in a densely forested area of Indonesia lies a giant chicken. The gigantic structure has the body, tail, and head of the bird, even holding open its beak in what appears to be mid-squawk. Although the very old bird is quickly decaying, Gereja Ayam (as the locals call it) attracts hundreds of photographers and travelers to its location in Magelang, Central Java each year who are looking to explore the bird’s bizarre interior. More



Art

Intersections: An Ornately Carved Wood Cube Projects Shadows onto Gallery Walls

Intersections: An Ornately Carved Wood Cube Projects Shadows onto Gallery Walls

Feb.3.14

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Christopher

Intersections, 2013. 6.5′ Cube, projected Shadows: 35′ x 32′.

Intersections, 2013. 6.5′ Cube, projected Shadows: 35′ x 32′.
Created by mixed media artist Anila Quayyum Agha, this elaborately carved cube with an embedded light source projects a dazzling pattern of shadows onto the surrounding gallery walls. Titled Intersections, the installation is made from large panels of laser-cut wood meant to emulate the geometrical patters found in Islamic sacred spaces. More



Art

Meditating Machinery: Mechanical Buddhas and Other Religious Icons by Wang Zi Won

Meditating Machinery: Mechanical Buddhas and Other Religious Icons by Wang Zi Won

Mar.1.13

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Christopher

South Korean artist Wang Zi Won constructs intricate mechanical figures of Buddha and bodhisattva that appear to be lost in meditation or enlightenment. The electrically-powered figures are fused with numerous mechanical components which at times resemble halos or lotus flowers and simultaneously move the humanoid figures through repetitive motions (see videos above). The artist says his intention is to examine a future where humans and technology merge, something he views in a particularly positive light. More



Illustration

The Holi Festival of Colors

The Holi Festival of Colors

Apr.12.12

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Christopher

Another year, another collection of glorious videos featuring the Hindu Holi Festival of Colors at locations around the world, and as the quality of equipment improves it just gets better and better. This latest addition was shot and directed by Jonathan Bregel and Khalid Mohtaseb from New York-based Variable in India this last March. I highly recommend watching it in HD, as their beautiful camera work seems to capture every single particle of color as its hurled through the air. More



Art

Al Farrow: New Reliquaries. Religious sites built from ammunition and firearms.

Al Farrow: New Reliquaries. Religious sites built from ammunition and firearms.

May.3.11

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Christopher

San Francisco artist Al Farrow uses ammunition and parts from firearms to build miniature churches, synagogues, and mosques. This is heavy stuff, literally and figuratively. Meighan over at My Love for You just stopped by Catherine Clark Gallery where he’s showing some of his latest work, and captured some awesome shots. The show runs through May 28. (images via my love for you and catherine clark gallery) More