Thursday, September 23, 2010

the force is strong in this One...

28 comments:

Jackie said...

May the force be with you :P

Rick said...

High tech but highly tacky.

Suz said...

Where is this? Vegas?

funnibunney said...

It's like the Divine Mercy! Only shitty.

Karen said...

Reminds me so much of the red neon ring of fire that was behind the crucifix in the church where I got married. Thank God they didn't turn it on for my wedding Mass. I'm pretty sure neon lights have no hope of fitting into the church scene.

The Crescat said...

"It's like the Divine Mercy! Only shitty."

WIN!

J2 said...

Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
also has Neon around their statues!

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Asia/Vietnam/South_East/Ho_Chi_Minh/photo1122969.htm

Suburbanbanshee said...

Well... given all the turn of the century German churches in the US that installed electric lightbulbs all over the high altar and the statue niches, or even designed them to show off the beauty of contemporary high tech... Vietnamese neon isn't that unexpected.

Neon is beautiful; it's just the overwhelming association with advertising that makes it tacky.

Don't be surprised if we see a lot of LED murals, as we grow more comfortable with the technology. And for certain things, they might be nice. Making ceilings that imitate the position of the stars on the night the church was dedicated, for example, could be done very realistically with LEDs. Or you could paint on glass, and light it behind with LEDs. You could even simulate different times of day.

But as always, taste is needed.

Dymphna said...

Where is this?

Mimi said...

My eyes, my eyes.

Pennycake said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_Sacred_Heart,_Singapore
http://flickr.com/photos/ryan_roxx/3148721303/
It is a Catholic church mainly built for the Cantonese Chinese, sandwiched between a Hindu temple, a Chinese (Teochew) building, some apartments and a synagogue.
http://www.streetdirectory.com/asia_travel/travel/travel_id_1707/travel_site_22282/

tubbs said...

You see lots of electric haloes in mediterrean churches.
One of the funniest things I can ever remember seeing I did not find the least bit funny at the time, but, rather, shocking.
I was a young sailor, on my first liberty in Naples. I stepped into a church to find a macabre 'Andrew Sisters' grouping of stautes at a side altar (all one piece of sculpture): Agatha, Lucy, and Apollonia, each one holding a platter. And yes, electric haloes!

The Crescat said...

Pennycake, thanks for the info. Actually, I kind of like it.

The Watcher said...

Paint Jesus black and all I can think of is 'UNLIMITED....POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'

Niall Mor said...

Join me and we can rule the galaxy as Father and Son . . . Oh wait, we already do.

Pennycake said...

@Jackie et cum spiritu tuo!

Hm! - StreetDirectory.com calls it "Most beautiful Church in Singapore"
http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/singapore/historical_sites/183/roman_catholic_church_of_the_sacred_heart___most_beautiful_church_in_singapore.php
But they didn't mention the neon lights.

Here's what it used to look like inside (page bottom): http://www.catholicnews.sg/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3907%3Asilver-jubilee-of-the-church-of-the-sacred-heart&catid=220%3Achurch-of-the-sacred-heart&Itemid=129

s-p said...

Niall: ROTFL!!!!

hauntingsacristy said...

When I saw this, I thought, "Why did they dress Jesus up like Our Lady of Grace?"

Oh, and Jackie:

And also with your spirit. ;)

Terry Nelson said...

Kat - I also kind of like it - it's the kid in me - I like multi-colored Christmas lights too. I grew up in an Italian neighborhood and their feast day festivals always had Neopolitan lights. I've seen some country churches in Wisconsin with neon haloes as well - there's something comforting about them at night. Again - it's the little kid in me I think.

Dymphna said...

I'll be honest. I kinda like neon halos.

The Crescat said...

Terry, quite right. I love colored lights. While my neighbors insist I am tacky, I call it culturally and religiously "festive".

I even light electric votive lights in different colors for my home altar! How gauche! What will the Trads say!

Badger Catholic said...

If I put this in my front window, will I win the neighborhood tacky Catholic yard contest?

The Crescat said...

if you put this in your window I would still it and mount it to my roof.

Minkykat said...

I LIKE it!

A.R. said...

Wow...I used to refer to the picture of the Divine Mercy as "Laser Jesus", but this is much more worthy of the title! :)

Andrea said...

Nooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Vincenzo said...

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Diane M. Korzeniewski, OCDS said...

Cripe! I thought it was photoshopped before Vincenzo got to it.