New York City 2014 – Cathedral of St John the Divine


This year marks the 38th anniversary of the annual Solstice Concert given by jazz saxophonist Paul Winter at the incredible Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The largest gothic cathedral in the US, the venue has wonderful acoustics, which lends itself to such an extravagant show. And what a show it was!

As a bonus, the cathedral is the current home to Xu Bing’s Phoenix installation: two, 100 feet (30m) long each, sculptures of a male and female phoenix hanging from the high vault. Since the cathedral was lit with the pre-concert lighting, and since I did not have the correct lens or equipment to document it properly, the photographs of these two sculptures are not the best, but do, I hope, hint at their majesty.

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Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest spouse Lyn, who does most of the hard part: the photo selections. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.








The Phoenix sculptures…








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12 thoughts on “New York City 2014 – Cathedral of St John the Divine

  1. All of this blows me away. I am one of those individuals who has … unwisely … never been to New York City. Here in Colorado, we would never see anything like this. Some things, I experience, warrant intentional wordlessness, but instead a quiet stillness, a quiet admiration. That’s what this is.

    • It is often joked that New York City is a great place to visit, not necessarily to live. Actually, to me that is no joke but a good way to look at the place. It is so big, looms so great in our history and is so famous in our culture that it really is a fascinating place to visit. But as much as I love the hurly burly for a day or two, I would not trade the quiet of my home for anything. But yes, when you can, visit the place…it is well worth it. And by the way; they say New Yorkers are rude, but they are not. They are just always in a hurry so if when you stop to gape, you step to the side first, they can actually be quite nice. 🙂

    • You have no idea just how weird it is! I did not have the time nor the lens with me to do it justice. Besides that crab, there are 7 giraffes (a statuary record, I am sure) an angel and someone’s recently decapitated head. By Googling ‘What is that weird statue beside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine?” I learned that it is called The Peace Fountain.

      Peace?!? Gave me nightmares for days!

      • I follow the link you mentioned and it sounds very weird but intriguing at the same time ! A DNA double helix at the fountain’s base ? Features of iconic people.. wow. I should have gone and see it when I was in New York 😦

        This website is fascinating as well, I’ve searched what they recommend for Belgium and I’ve found that : “a giant intestinal model that allows guests to spend a cosy night inside a massive colon” 😀 So romantic !

        • It is very, very rare where I am caught off guard so that I have nothing to say. It is a testament to Hotel Casasus’ glory that I am struck dumb and can find no words to express myself at its uniqueness! 🙂 What’s worse, the same site proved that I was born in the most boring place in the world and now live in the second most boring place in the world. Is God trying to say something to me?

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