An Idea of a Cathedral

The skyline of any historic city is dominated by churches and cathedrals. Extraordinary amounts of time, energy, money and sacrificed human lives have been devoted to build them.

Why?

There are two components of every building: the physical structure of brick and mortar and an idea that its architect tried to express. That what the first century BC Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius Pollio wrote in his famous “De Architectura”. This is especially true about churches.

People build churches because of the idea they try to express: the faith in God. Church is a building where people worship God. It is a house of worship and in a sense it is a house of God.

God as a superior divine being, creator deity suppose to have the grandest building the city. That is the concept where architectural grand plans for churches come from.

Also the house of God should be the most beautiful house in the city. This is the notion which dictates that a church should have the most elegant, orderly and symmetrical architectural design adorned with elaborate decorations and filled with magnificent sculptures, mosaics and paintings.

Most churches are grand and beautiful, they have it all. Beyond these simple concepts any church is a book of history filled with tales and dramas of people who built it, changes in religious beliefs and cultural shifts inside civilizations. Above that churches are soaked in deep mysterious symbolism and spiritual meaning.

In a sense a church as building is an intriguing detective novel if you know how to read an architecture of a church. There are treasures lying in plain sight and yet they barely get a glance from a casual onlooker.

My fascination with this subject led me to my new body of work, the collection of photographs which I call “Geometry of Transcendence”.