What a field day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly saying, "hooray for our side"

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What I did this weekend

Went to see the Saint John's Bible at the Canton Museum of Art. Highly recommended to see the actual pages in person as the prints do not do justice to the real thing.

As a graphic designer, calligraphy is one of our ancestral arts and our lineage descends from the the ancient scribes. This is the first full handwritten Bible produced in nearly 500 years. And it is an amazing work of art. Not many of the fundamentalists will like it as the intent of the art was to highlight the metaphorical and story telling aspects of the Bible as well as produce a Bible that was open and inclusive of the world and all its major religions. And they do an okay job of that as well.

The Bible hasn't been bound, yet, so they can display several page spreads. As with all art displays, some pieces are better than others and there were several pieces I wish were on display that were absent. While not all of the pages worked well, IMHO, some of them were very moving. Frankly I could have spent the entire afternoon looking at the pages. Each time I would return to certain illuminations or special treatments I would see more and more. The calligraphy itself is just as amazing as the illustrations and illuminations.

It's only at the Canton Museum of Art until March 2, so those of you in the local area don't have much time.

2 comments:

Dr. Phil (Physics) said...

I remember reading about this -- an impressive work with multiple dimensions, which you mentioned.

Dr. Phil

Steve Buchheit said...

It really is quite amazing. So far I've not seen a cost published, but I think millions to tens of millions would be a rough estimate. Plus, 15 years of life from everybody involved.