Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Cildo Meireles' "How to Build Cathedrals"





A breathtaking piece of art in the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX. This piece is made of 600,000 coins, 800 communion wafers, 2000 cattle bones, 80 paving stones, and black cloth.

A stunning piece.

9 comments:

justcurious said...

Then how appropriate the middle shot... every cathedral needs some saints.

Michael B said...

I thought nearly the same thing!

shinigami-sidhe said...

Can we please all start arguing about the definition of saint and who should be referred to as a saint? Pretty please?

Michael B said...

I'm quite Catholic in my sainthood stance. This whole Protestant "all believers are saints" nonsense is for the birds. Yes, I get the theology of it and all, but come on! Show a little respect for the word. I expect miracles, or at least some really really realy outstanding behavior from my saints.

Also, it's a good title for those who like my jokes. That too quaifies, if not for sainthood then at least for "most excellent person" status.

And, apparently if you listen to LOTS of other people, it applies to my wife. I confess I don't get that one at all. I mean, our kids aren' that bad, are they? ;-)

Steven Taylor said...

Kewl.

Andy D. said...

There are also some who would describe your readers as more Job-like.

A.

Michael B said...

Andy D--my mother-in-law gave me a very sweet book for Christmas on the healing power of photography. the first thing i told her when i received it, and i'm not making this up, is "thank you, but my photos are designed to wound and to wreak chaos." poor thing. she thought i was healable. what a good soul, she is. job-like, one might say.

shinigami-sidhe said...

But there are so many people in the world, surely the number of saints over the years must be in the millions!

Andy D. said...

S-S:

Unfortunately, like the genius vs. non-geniuses discussion from before, there are statistically a miniscule number of SAINTS, compared to the AINTS.

But that's ok. In the words of Judge Smails, "The [spiritual] world needs ditch diggers, too."

A.