I think that there are too many to choose from. Any chance on having a couple of rounds to narrow down the field and then go for the grand prize winner?
yeah, way too many to choose from. but i love your captions. "Putrid Pieta"... is it really supposed to be a Pieta? I'm not sure if that makes me angry or brain dead. I may have to go with that, but there are so many bad ones I also want to vote for.
Sorry didn't have this pic of Pumpkin-tide earlier:http://item.slide.com/r/1/0/i/EVkRCKNB7j8-L02paFLAejgdHrgmzTiE/
Voted. That mothman thing is just wrong. I actually like the idea behind #29. By the way, thanks for your bountiful blog. It's a treasure.
Oh dear. Either my entries didn't make the cut or your email filter rejected my message. Ah well, maybe next time.
To be fair, #36 (which, if I'm not mistaken, is from the Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine) also contains these. It's really quite beautiful, despite the odd Baptismal font decor. The windows are a beautiful example of Catechism in glass, and it is not a particularly old church. (Also, it's not a parish at all. It's sustained by donations mostly by the tourists for whom it was built.)I just wanted to point out that, overall, that is a gorgeous church, and it even has a Rosary garden with a French statue of Our Lady (see that link for my pictures) that was originally made in the late 1700's.
I wanted to vote for my hometown's sentimental favorite, the synthetic multiracial-androgynous man-hands Mary that glares balefully at all who have the temerity seek an audience with the great and wonderful Oz... oops, that's from a movie, I mean visit the ugly hunk of concrete masquerading as a Catholic cathedral at the confluence of the freeways in downtown El Lay, but- I was overwhelmed by the truly breathtaking ugliness and absurdity of the Pieta From Surrealist Hell... so that got my vote. God help the poor people who have to gaze upon that on a regular basis. The local priests can assign it as a penance- "Say three Hail Marys and look at the Putrid Pieta for at least two minutes". BLECHHHH!.Truly a superabundance of bad taste and pure fuglyness here. What did we as a Church ever do (aside from the Inquisition and a few other peccadilloes) to deserve this much stupefyingly bad art?Pax&Bonum.
Since there is such an abundance to work with here, why not share the title by making categories such as, the Best Ugliest Tabernacle/Box Thing, the Best Ugliest Baptismal Fountain/Spa?
I hate to say it, but some of those make #20 (the Mahoney Madonna) almost nice by comparison.I do not know if I can even bring myself to look closely enough at those submissions again to vote. If all my local parishes looked like that, I'd go looking for the FSSP.
I'd say the contest is pretty scattershot, too. My parishioners weren't too pleased about #38, I can tell you.Indulging the Culture of Complaint isn't the best way to make a splash.
Todd, not to worry. It doesn't look like your church will win anyway. Your parishioners should find comfort in that.
I noticed this interesting and pertinent article on Zenit today:Making Spaces to Meet GodThanks Kat for an interesting look at some of the worst in church art. I'm praying also that you meet a wonderful man. I've really enjoyed reading your posts and the insightful replies.
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