‘Haute Sphere’ takes shape for debut at Cathedral
Conceived by award-winning architect Sylvain Dubuisson and crafted by Bernardaud, the interior of the geodesic dome “manger” is comprised of 48 triangular plaques, stars and the “halo” (representing the Christ child) all in hand painted or engraved porcelain.
LED lights installed behind the porcelain plaques illuminate the “sky” decorated with five- and six-pointed platinum-coated silver stars hovering above the gold-embellished halo resting on a bed of sand representing the desert lands of Christ’s birth. The artwork’s surround-sound recording of chants in Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus, heightens viewers’ experience of the Incarnation.
First presented in December of last year at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris, the “Haute Sphere” has also been exhibited at the Basilica San Lorenzo in Milan in April and in the BAL (Fine Arts Museum) in Limoges, France from July to October.
“It’s a unique artistic impression of the nativity,” said George J. Kakaty, president & CEO of Bernardaud North America, who accompanied Gnaedig for the 12-foot high artwork’s day-and-a-half assembly in the Cathedral. “It’s something very mystical and spiritual,” added Gnaedig. “It’s not the typical nativity scene, but with the lights and music, it’s something special.”
Prayer of the MonthPapal intentions for November: That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity. That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.
Papal intentions for December: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.