So now that you’ve seen some interior shots of Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California, I thought I’d show you the outside. Yes, this is over the top but for some reason I couldn’t help myself! (The image was tone-mapped using Nik HDR.)
One of the things I learned about this cathedral’s architecture is the purposeful marriage of ancient (concrete and wood) and new (glass and steel). This concept is not only used in the construction but in the symbolism as well, which I hope to share more of in the near future.
The Old: I was amazed to learn that the first recognition of concrete was 12,000,000 BC in Israel where reactions between limestone and oil shale during spontaneous combustion occurred to form a natural deposit of cement compounds. In 300 BC, Egyptians furthered the discovery of lime and gypsum mortar as a binding agent for building the Pyramids.
The New: The outside is shaped like a pope’s hat and is made of newer materials, glass and steel.
This “pope’s hat” is a beautiful piece of architecture in my opinion and changes depending on the light hitting the glass. At night, it is beautifully illuminated! I will have to go back and some night shots.