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Postcard: Juxtaposition of Art and Religion

written by Penny Sadler

Picture this: A foggy morning in downtown Dallas – and figures, sculpted from cast iron and aluminum, by Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thorarinsdottir. I was completely unaware that this art space even existed, and happened upon it one magical morning when the fog beckoned me outside with my camera.

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I like the way the fog adds a mystical element. The standing figures seem to be looking toward the heavens (symbolized by the church), while the seated figures (arms folded, eyes closed) appear to be disconnected from everything around them.

The church in the background is Cathedrale Sanctuario de Guadalupe (Cathedral Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe), the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. The first cornerstone was laid in 1898. The bell tower was not completed until 2005, when the entire church received a makeover as part of the Dallas Arts District project.

The art installation called Borders and the church are both located in the Dallas Arts District.

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wandering educators April 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm

love them!! I wonder what the seated guys are looking at…

Penny April 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm

To me it looks like their eyes are closed. Maybe looking inward?

Tom Bentley (@bentguy1) April 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Nice mood and texture in that one, Penny. But I think those guys are pretty cold; better lend them some skivvies.

Penny April 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Thank you Mr. Bentley. I’ll send a note to Ms.Thorarinsdottir and suggest that. ­čÖé


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