I had a night scheduled up in Harlem, so I looked into things I could stop at along the way to kill time. Getting of the subway at 110th St, you notice that it is also called Cathedral Parkway. Being a fan of religious architecture (I went to a college that was built in similar fashion) I headed into the heart of an area steeped in religious buildings. I took this first shot at the corner of 110th and Amsterdam:
With one church in the foreground and the imposing form of St. John the Divine in the background, my eye was instead drawn to that odd shape in the trees. As my curiosity coincided with the direction I planned on taking, I headed up Amsterdam to get a better view.
Oh, ok, it’s some form of religious statue in the park. Very cool.
And…wait. Are we in Tim Burton’s yard? Nope, it’s the Biblical Garden between two churches. For those unfamiliar, a Biblical Garden is a garden with plants named in the Bible. The centerpiece seems to be this fountain, designed by Greg Wyatt in 1985, and is named the Peace Fountain. It is surrounded by plaques with quotes from various philosophers and artists.
Looking at the base, it should be noted that there is no water. It is not an active fountain.
The statue depicts the Archangel Michael, surrounded by several “giraffes” (I put that in quotes as they REALLY don’t look like giraffes), decapitating Lucifer, whose head hangs by a tendon beneath the giant crab they have fought on. Included on the crabs back are the sun and the moon. The moon faces west while the sun faces east. I fail to understand why such a graphic depiction of violence would be called the “Peace” Fountain, but this is what was decided upon and created.
While here, the clouds parted and I got some interesting shots of the sky with the fountain in the foreground. I’ve been fighting with lighting settings in this area of photography as usually the option is either a nice detailed subject with a whited out sky, or a detailed sky with a silhouette. Here was no different and I present both shots as I think they both work with this piece:
As I left to view the cathedral and continue onto my engagement, I took two parting shots:
There will be no new entry next week as I will be on a trip to New Orleans for a wedding. Hopefully I will have enough time in two weeks to put up another entry. Continuing on this walk, it would be the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (just the exterior as they close at 6pm so I didn’t spend much time inside). See you in two weeks!