Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Augustus Saint-Gaudens – Goddess, Diana of the Tower (MSG), Diana of the Staircase (PMA)

A few views of the famous Saint-Gaudens statue of Diana that was once the weathervane on the second Madison Square Garden, (right off Madison Square NYC) 1890-1925, before finding a permanent home at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The original eighteen foot Diana by sculptor Saint-Gaudens was made of bronze and thought to be out of proportion when first put on the Second Madison Square Garden in 1891 - and too heavy to maneuver quickly in the winds.

In 1893, it went to the top of a building at the Columbia Exposition in 1893 in Chicago. 

Agriculture Building - Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893

Bottom half of statue was lost in a fire in Chicago. Top Half of statue, whereabouts unknown, and presumed lost to history.

The second Saint-Gaudens Diana as weathervane on Madison Square Garden was of gilded sheet copper and thirteen feet high.

This Diana eventually founds its home as the centerpiece of the grand staircase main hall entry way of the Philadelphia Museum of Art after demolition of the second Garden arena.


The Fountain - Clint Mansell

Harry's Game - Theme - Clannad

Washington National Cathedral to Allow Same Sex Marriage and Blessings Because It Is Legal in D.C. and Maryland - Render Unto Caesar...

The Mother Church of our English Speaking Culture in America, Washington National Cathedral, is about to offer marriage and blessings to same sex couples because it is now legal to do so in both the District of Columbia and adjoining Maryland.

“Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to       G-d the things that are G-d’s."

Most Americans know the house of God, also called the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, as a place where sacred rites are carried out on behalf of the nation. It has been host to the funerals of numerous presidents and of inaugural prayer services for four presidents, including Barack Obama. 
But it is also an active house of worship in the Episcopalian Church, said the Cathedral's dean, Gary Hall. The denomination has developed a blessing rite that mirrors current wedding ceremonies for heterosexual couples and allows each bishop to decide to allow same-sex marriages in their churches or not. 
Bishop Mariann Budde decided to allow the rite, since same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and now in neighboring Maryland as well, Hall said.