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Saturday, August 1, 2020

BETTER...BUT...

Why spend so much money and botch it. It is a reenchantment Attempt gone clutteringly wrong. And the crucifixion scene popping out of the top of a reassigned traditional altar which is brought in to house a tabernacle. And don’t get me started on the insane and useless placement of the altar railing.




5 comments:

ByzRC said...

The altar railing makes that sanctuary look like chaos. Probably an attempt to ensure safety for those who approach the tabernacle but, it's a poor execution. Probably paid someone a lot of money to design that. The pedestal altar overlaps the altar rail which overlaps the high altar. Add in the chair marathon and the railing down into the nave there's a lot going on up there. Rounding things out is an intricate pulpit/ambo, chairs that do not match the other furnishings with holes in them and whatever that thing is that's opposite the ambo. Busy, busy, busy.

The crucifixion scene seems fine to me, more cohesive, more ordered.

TJM said...

In better times they should remove the pedestal altar and locate the altar rail where it should be!

Anonymous said...

Yes, the After is an immense improvement. The sanctuary in the After photograph fits the space. The problem in the Before photograph is that everything gets lost. Never have I been a fan of liturgical shrubbery, but it seems to me those plants were simply used to fill up an empty space. The before is just a poor design for that large church.

Anonymous said...

The obvious result of those who were fixated by style and not substance, and ignorant of the actual purpose of both high altar and rail.

The altar now only a delux tabernacle shelf, and the horizontal railing only a decorator touch to complete the visual effect, and installed only to complete the wall between Jesus and his Holy People, as the designers all "know" was the original intention.

Which designers cleverly got around by creating a large hole in the wall, and adding welcoming funnel of stair railing still saying All Are Welcome.

As for the cake decorator crucifix, that is what you get when a wealthy current parishoner's grandparents donated the crucifix. THAT could have happened 500yrs ago.

Fr. Kottar said...

I agree, it is much better. I don't know if these planners/remodelers are looking at the plans so long that they miss the obvious problems. A fresh pair of eyes always helps before final execution. The shortcomings can be fixed without too much money down the road.