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St Vitus Cathedral Prague - The Realms Of 'non-being'
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The dream vision in the medieval period was not the privileged experience of saints, martyrs and starving mystics but was the universally encouraged experience of the masses.
A Gothic building, like St. Vitus' Cathedral in Prague, cannot simply stop, it has to fade away. The physical presence is gradually withdrawn and the dense material mass is dissolved into the empty air. Contemplating the facades of Gothic cathedrals we have our own sense of fading in to the air, of rising up from our corporeal bodies and receding in to the heavens. The facade guides viewer and dreamer in to the realms of 'non-being'. It introduces us to a sensation, which once inside, will overwhelm us.
May 18th, 2012
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