Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Bath Abbey

Hello

Lovely to see you.

Bath Abbey is a striking building right in the heart of the City, near the Roman Baths.  It is the third church to hsve been built on the site.  The first King of  England, King Edgar was crowned on the site in 973.
                        

It's a bustling area with buskers putting on fine performances for the crowds.


You can't help but notice the ladders of angels on the West Front which came about because the Bishop of Bath, Oliver King, had a dream of angels ascending to heaven which inspired him to build the new Abbey Church in 1499, the last cathedral to be built in England.  Over the years, it has been repaired and renovated by George Manners at one time and George Gilbert Scott later on, who also replaced the ceiling with the magnificent fan vaulting.



                                                                                                                              




Apart from its magnificence, I rather liked a large cluster of paper butterflies wafting about in the air currents.  The sculpture had been created by Anthony Head and at first glance just looked like a single group of butterflies, all the same.  On closer inspection, you could see each one was unique with its own genetic code and random mutation, all worked out using fractal mathematics of nature and procedural texture.  As they moved, it was as if they were migrating and this symbolically reflected all the human migration happening at the moment where the individual can be lost within a group or be just a number.





Cheerio



6 comments:

  1. Gorgeous fan vaulting. I wonder about the logistics of hanging up the butterflies from the netting. The idea behind the installation is thought-provoking.

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    1. Simple and effective, a great idea in a lovely setting.

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  2. Another lovely tour, Bath is on my list of places to visit.

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  3. I've walked past so many times but never been inside,it looks beautiful and the butterflies are wonderful:)

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    1. It is a wonderful place with all that fan vaulting. 😊

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