This is, in my mind, a fantastic example of art in the church.
This cathedral is alive with art, and it’s not seen in just the permanent fixtures. I wanted to share these photos because I felt they tied in quite well to my last blog post. I suggested that churches can support the arts and artists by actually displaying art. At the time I wrote that post, I had no idea about this installation at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
I met for breakfast with some photographers this past Saturday and one of them had plans to stop by the cathedral to photograph it. I jumped at the chance as it seemed a perfect opportunity to see the very topic I had written about in person, in a new-to-me location. Just walking into the cathedral filled me with awe and that feeling and sense of reverence were only heightened by the hundred’s of colorful ribbons of varying lengths hanging from the ceiling which you see at the top of this photo. Beauty just filled the cathedral from the architecture, to the stained glass, to the ribbons that brought the colors and vibrancy of the stained glass to the interior in a unifying way.
The artist, Anne Patterson, and the church community worked together to hang “Graced with Light” the 20 miles worth of ribbon which represents prayers going up and grace coming down. More information on the artist and show can be found on the Grace Cathedral site. It is only up for another month, so if you are nearby or will be travelling to San Francisco- do stop in. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.
Here is a photo of the back of the cathedral which shows the ribbons well with the stained glass rose window behind.