“Your Rainbow” Panorama by Olafur Eliasson, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark

How simple does this installation look? It’s quite large and a lot of spirit and thought would have gone into its creation and execution.  “Your rainbow” panorama was officially opened in May 2011. It is a permanent work of art consisting of a circular, 150-metre-long and three metre-wide circular walkway in glass in all the colours of the spectrum. Mounted on slender columns 3.5 metres above the roof and with a diameter of 52 metres, this spectacular creation extends from one edge to the other of the facade of the cubic museum building.

A WALK FOR THE SENSES

There are both stairs and elevator to provide visitors to the museum with access to “Your rainbow panorama”. Then they can stroll through the circular, panoramic walkway providing a fantastic view of the city and the bay, a view in all the colours of the rainbow. A unique recreational area and a viewing platform for visitors to the museum some fifty metres about street level.  There is full access to both the roof terrace and to Olafur Eliasson’s creation.

The following words are taken from the artist Olafur Eliasson’s own description of his work:

“Your rainbow panorama” establishes a dialogue with the existing architecture and reinforces what was already there, that is to say the view across the city. I have created a space that can almost be said to erase the boundary between inside and outside – a place where you become a little uncertain as to whether you have stepped into a work of art or into part of the museum. This uncertainty is important to me, as it encourages people to think and sense beyond the limits within which they are accustomed to function.” 

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The artist has definitely created a warm and inviting space. This special space with its rainbow colours gives you a feeling of being enveloped in a warm and cosy hug. Something that transcends the here and now and transports you to another place, that place being in an embrace with Jesus. Of course, each to their own, but it gives a soft and warm feeling and one that feels safe, safe in the arms of Jesus.

It does capture the spirit of the artist, by creating this sacred space, he quotes… “that it  can almost be said to erase the boundary between inside and outside”, something bigger than itself and its boundaries.

This can be anything you wanted it to be and it certainly is unique and a wonderful piece of modern art, where the senses are stimulated and with the colours of the rainbow you know you are in heaven because God gave us the rainbow with the story of Noah’s Arc.- in Genesis 9: 16 “When the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between me and all living beings on earth. 17 That is the sign of the promise which I am making to all living beings.”  

 

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THE HEART OF CATHERINE THE GREAT AT THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM ST. PETERSBURG-RUSSIA

RELIGION AND POLITICS COMING TOGETHER

St. Petersburg in the era of Catherine the Great (1762-1796)
https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/explore/?lng=en

Catherine the Great was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. When her husband, Peter III, was assassinated. Russia was revitalised under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. Religion was inextricably tied to her reign.
Catherine considered herself to be one of Europe’s most enlightened rulers. She wrote numerous books, pamphlets and educational materials aimed at improving Russia’s education system. She was also a champion of the arts, keeping up a lifelong correspondence with Voltaire and other prominent minds of the era, creating one of the world’s most impressive art collections in St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace (now home to the famed Hermitage Museum) and even trying her hand at composing opera.

I could not believe my eyes as to what I saw at the “Hermitage” museum in St. Petersburg-Russia. Petersburg conclusively attained the status of a great European capital. With the transformation and beautification of the Russian Empire’s capital city, Catherine’s desire was to be remembered fondly and inviting the best foreign artists, architects and other cultural figures to work in Russia.

Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items (the numismatic collection accounts for about one third of them)[4] including the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment. In my opinion, this is bigger than the Uffizi in Florence and the Sistine Chapel in Rome. The wealth of the tsars as seen at the Hermitage museum is truly amazing.   It houses Italian Renaissance Art spanning a period from its birth in the 13th century until the 16th century is represented in the Great Suite of rooms of the first floor in the Old Hermitage. The exhibition displays the works by masters from various Italian schools, the leading position amongst which being occupied by the Florentine school. Catherine loved Jesus and it’s represented in her many collection of art on the walls and framed works of art and sculptures.Image result for the hermitage museum st petersburg russia st catherine's

Such beauty and religious, art history, really shows the faith of the ruler and its people. I felt privileged to be there and experience all of this.

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ART FOR THE SOUL. A HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR SURE!

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS….

ST. ISAAC’S CATHEDRAL-ST. PETERSBURG-RUSSIA Splendid interior of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St Petersburg, Russia

Hello to all my blogger friends, I have just come back from a very interesting holiday I must say,  to Scandinavia, Russia and Italy. As much as I have loved every inch every sight, smell and sound, I am glad to be home.

I will be posting more about my holidays over the coming weeks, so do drop in. I will be focusing on the essence of my blog which is spirituality, on what I have learnt and that which I can share with you.

One of my highlights was the cathedral of St. Isaac in St. Petersburg-Russia.         St. Isaac’s Cathedral was originally the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital (very romanesque indeed). What got me was, this super large imposing figure of Jesus Christ (see below and this photo does not do it justice) behind an intricate gold worked, gate with hand painted cameos of other images of Christ. So at the opening of a service, the gates would open and the first thing you would see is Jesus, giving the illusion that He is moving. So beautiful that it gave me an appreciation of the spirit of the artist and his faith. Without the faith, I don’t believe the artist would have captured the essence of what Jesus is about. How wonderful to start a church service with this- a triumphant Jesus who is there to greet you, to remind you that He is there for you, there to remind you that we are a resurrection people. Jesus suffered for us by giving His life for us on the cross, but he doesn’t expect us all to die on a cross, what He wants is our faith, love and our trust in Him.

Unfortunately, it’s only used for special occasions and not for regular Sunday service, it mostly serves as a museum. This saddens me because in these difficult times, we need Jesus more than ever. I noticed also how much Mary was revered back then also, she is on the left with baby Jesus.

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On another note, St. Petersburg was one of the hardest cities to visit, you need a visa and there still learning to deal with tourists.  They are restoring it’s beautiful architecture, its palaces and churches and state buildings. I couldn’t help notice how there is a really rich and really poor class, I didn’t really see a middle class.