Thursday, January 07, 2010

Drab Architecture

From Blog10

  Why build bleakness,
  Wall by wall,
  Rows of sameness,
  Stall by stall?
  Where is color,
  Beauty, style?
  Pushed down under,
  Neatly filed.

From Zion, the perfection of beauty, God appears in radiance.

--Psalm 50:2, HCSB

There´s a real value in making things beautiful, and what's beautiful doesn't have to be luxurious.

We can enjoy the Lord by enjoying beauty. Yet all of the beauty we create here will pass away. I suspect that the New Jerusalem will be more beautiful in every way than we can imagine.

1 comment:

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

There's an Orthodox saying, attributed (I think) to Dostoyevsky, "The world will be saved by Beauty." Without knowing Orthodox beliefs, one might think that this were a saying lauding human artistic beauty and attributing salvation to it. This isn't quite right, as we know not what Beauty is, but Who He is, that is, Jesus Christ, the divine Bridegroom of the Church, sung about in Psalm 45.

Still, that Beauty begets beauty in us, and we create out of what is in us. Being in love with Love, we love others. Being immersed in Beauty, we create things and events of beauty around us. That's just how it is.

The dreariness of Communist architecture, for example, is the best example I can point to of what comes out of lives that have turned away from Christ. The hidden beauty of the interior of Greek and Russian churches is an example of the opposite, what comes out of lives that are turned to Christ, in faith, hope and love.

Thank you, brother, for this poem, simple and true.