Not Your Everyday Golden Arches

How the Golden Arches came to be named that when they are clearly yellow is a mystery for our times, I guess.

Why soaring arches lift up not just the roof but also our spirits is a mystery for all time.

Left to right, these photos are of these places:

Gothic arches in two cathedrals and one university

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14 Responses to Not Your Everyday Golden Arches

  1. Carla says:

    I donโ€™t think itโ€™s a mystery, someone has the secret locked in a vault.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Carla – ๐Ÿ™‚ Along with the recipes for the Big Mac sauce and the KFC spices? Maybe . . .

      • The Hallgrimskirkja that strips the forms of detail and allows the light to emphasize the lift of the pale columns and the warm glow from the vault seems to me the most spiritual of these designs.

        • Isabel Gibson says:

          Laurna – Our Icelandic guide commented on the difference between this design and the ornate interior of the stereotypical Roman Catholic church. I grew up in plain (& uninspired, I’d say) United Church buildings on the prairies. Although I find full-on ornamentation a tad overwhelming, I look for something a little less austere than Hallgrimskirkja. It’s beautiful but verging on cold, to my eye.

    • Nice pun, Carla. “Vault” an arched structure, usually made of stones, concrete, or bricks, forming a ceiling or roof over a hall, room, sewer, or other wholly or partially enclosed construction.

      • Isabel Gibson says:

        Laurna – Thanks for catching it on my behalf. This is me, covered in confusion.

        • My double-take was not swift. And now I have to find out why the vault that vaults from pillar-top to pillar-top is the same word that describes a crypt. You may be surprised how often your posts send me scurrying through dictionaries and websites for half a day! Delightful distractions!

          • Isabel Gibson says:

            Laurna – Yes, a good question. I find I observe these odd overlaps in another language, but take for granted those in English.

  2. Jim Taylor says:

    As you know, there are many different kinds of arches. The “Roman” arch, which doesn’t rise to a point, tends to feel squat and heavy. A low flat ceiling tends to crush us. I think these are called “Gothic” arches; they soar. Are they inspiring because they point up — to where heaven was supposed to be. I doubt if many of us still believe in a deity who lives “up there” somewhere, but these arches still have the ability to inspire. Perhaps their design recognize that we are essentially earth-bound creatures, and we long — as Ken Wilber keeps saying — to transcend ourselves into a greater dimension.
    Jim T

  3. Eric Hrycyk says:

    I believe you are infringing on a registered trademark.

  4. Jackie Doyle says:

    So many beautiful photos!! You have an eye for photography, don’t you? Looks like the trip delivered on sights and experiences.

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