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

14 Comments

        1. Isabel Gibson

          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.

        1. 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!

  1. Jim Taylor

    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

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