Fri. Challenge 8/24 - Temple
This photo needed to be scrapped on a black background to get the full effect of the lights, so this challenge was perfect!
The “Heavenly Temple” Chinese lantern exhibit demonstrates the significance of shapes, numbers, and colors in the design of Chinese temples. Heaven is represented by the use of circles and the dark blue roof tiles; Earth are the squares. Heaven and Earth meet symbolically wherever these two shapes are joined. In addition to shapes and colors, numbers have much significance in the temple. Inside the hall of prayer (for a good harvest) there is a series of pillars representing the four seasons, twelve months, and twelve traditional Chinese hours. Of course, the temple pictured here is entirely constructed from wire framing and fabric! It is part of the Chinese lantern exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Gardens.
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