Thursday, December 3, 2015

Lights at Dusk (cont') --- Day 4/297

Walk: No. Rain!!
Distance: A few blocks.  Home yoga

A pedestrian walks by the front of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, November 23, 2015. Grace Cathedral has a new look now that the stained glass rose is lighted by a daylight balanced spotlight allowing all the correct colors to be visible. In addition, two spotlights in the arcade above the rose window project colors onto the cathedral's steps. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle


Speaking of ethereal city lights (see yesterday), Ciwt thinks these new ones at Grace Cathedral are beautiful. And so do the Cathedral's neighbors (with nods to Sam Whiting at sf chronicle):

For 30 years on Nob Hill, architect Nelson Chick has walked his dogs at dusk and wondered why Grace Cathedral did not illuminate its enormous stained-glass window.

Then last Monday evening in late November he came to Huntington Park and was stunned by what he saw across the street.
Above the front door of the dark Gothic church Grace Cathedral has a new look now that the stained glass rose is lighted by a daylight balanced spotlight allowing all the correct colors to be visible. In addition, two spotlights in the arcade above the rose window project colors onto the cathedral's steps as seen in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, November 23, 2015. Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle the rose window was sending and intricate and abstract pattern of red, orange, amber, turquoise, white, blue and violet pattern across the hilltop park. He stopped to take it in thinking "Wow! That's beautiful."  But then of course got yanked back into action by his dog who was out for the walk, not the scenery no matter how artistically lit.

The lights are the result of a bulb illuminating in the mind of light artist Elaine Buckholtz, a Boston
artist currently in residency at Grace Cathedral.  They are temporary, but Ciwt (and probably Buckholtz and many residents and visitors) hopes some 'savior will find a way to keep them on whenever it gets dark A pedestrian walks by the front of Grace Cathedral as seen from a balcony above the rose window in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, November 23, 2015.  Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle - for a long, long time.

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