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An Impressive Use of Origami

People do all sorts of neat things with origami.  Last October during my vacation in Paris, I saw this impressive use of origami in advertising at a Peugeot store on the Champs Elysees:

 

 

The origami involved is actually pretty simple; the genius of this display is the way the origami is arranged (and the sheer amount of folding involved!).

Do you want to do neat things with origami? Come to my next class at The Hive in downtown Gloucester, on May 23 at 7PM.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Luminous French architecture

 

Several people have recently mentioned how much they enjoy my photos from Paris. Here are a few more!

Gothic architecture often gets a bad rap as being dark and gloomy. It can be dark and gloomy at night, but during the day it can be gloriously illuminated by the sunlight streaming through the high stained glass windows. Here are some photos I took in the church of St. Eustache in Paris last October which help illustrate that fact.  It was built after the Gothic period properly speaking (as the Corinthian columns attest), but still follows the overall style.

 

 

Although the nooks and crannies can still be dark by our standards, the progress made in building technology at that point in history allowed Gothic buildings to make better use of natural light in large buildings than had been done in centuries.

- Fr. Matthew Green

Can we get this at the McDonald’s on Maplewood?

Wouldn’t it be nice if the local McDonald’s sold locally made Italian pastries? Something like this:

Yes, that’s a pastry counter at a McDonalds! More specifically, in the “McCafé” part of a McDonald’s in the Les Halles shopping center in Paris:

Lots of neat stores, but nowhere near as beautiful as the older architecture.  Here’s a McDonald’s sign in a more traditional setting in Paris, the Rue de Rivoli:

As you can see, I’m still working my way through the photos of my vacation last October…

- Fr. Matthew Green

Fish Folding, and Candles in St. Sulpice in Paris

Hope to see you today for fish folding at The Hive! (Buoy painting is going on at Art Haven, so we’re keeping the paper and the paint separate.)  The origami tree is practically ready! David, Mary Ann, and I added more layers last night to get it to a good height. We’d go further but we ran out of the right kind of paper…

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So, now it’s fish time! Although we’re recommending the “twist fish” by Gay Merrill Gross because it’s quick and easy, any origami fish folded from one uncut piece of paper will be accepted.

I am working little by little through my photos from vacation in France… This one is appropriate for today, Dec. 8, on which Catholics celebrate a Marian feast day, the Immaculate Conception.

A beautiful church!

- Fr. Matthew Green

Oddities, here and abroad

First, this photo I took in France:

Say what? Batman posed like Adam in the “creation” fresco in the Sistine Chapel, with Superman in place of God? In front of a Gothic church, behind the Louvre, in Paris??

OK, now the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen on a brick wall in Gloucester:

Yup, it’s a bagel stuck to the wall by the adhesive power of peanut butter.  Did someone trip while eating and accidentally stick the bagel to the wall? Or was it intentional? If so, is it vandalism, or art? Or were they just saving it for later?

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Another gargoyle shot from Notre Dame in Paris. Possibly my best photo from all this vacation.  Shot at max telephoto without a tripod, thanks to the great low-light capabilities of my new Sony a65 camera!  The only retouching I did was to crop the photo, slightly adjust the contrast on the moon’s face, and remove some color fringing. And add the discreet copyright notice on the top ledge.

- Fr. Matthew Green

 

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