Aug 23, 2005

What the heck is it?

Hint #1 You will find it inside LA's cathedral.
Hint #2 You will not find it easily, however.
Hint #3 It is not a reliquary containing the lungs of the "Marlboro Man" (who, incidentally, is NOT buried in the LA cathedral mausoleum).

What the heck is it?

Go HERE for the answer.


Blogger Quintero said...

I predict that some of you will say it's really quite beautiful and Quintero is just being a jerk again.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aliens trapped?

6:20 PM  
Blogger Venerable Aussie said...

I think it is really quite beautiful and Quintero is just being a jerk again.

(Cardinal Mahony made me say that, I swear.)

6:28 PM  
Anonymous joe mccool said...

Enemies of the Cardinal frozen in carbonite?

6:44 PM  
Blogger Venerable Aussie said...

Now for a serious comment:

This is clearly from the hard-core sealed section of "Built of Living Stones" subscriber edition. When the cathedral website devotes 5 paragraphs to "explaining" the symbolism to baffled observers, then you know there's something wrong.

BTW, what's the scale? The website says it weighs in @ 1400 lbs.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

10 feet tall.

And I am with Q on this one - this thing is atrocious. I also think the artist betrays a serious lack of knowledge re: doctrine. According to the cathedral website, the piece "draws the eye to the heavens." Why would we gaze elsewhere if the Blessed Sacrament is in front of us?

Also, slightly off topic, the placement of the Chapel is wrong. The door to the Chapel is right in front of the busiest walkway between the ambulatories and the sanctuary. Thousands of people stream by the reserved Sacrament everyday without a moment's notice. I always avoided walking by the door or, if I did, tried to pause to genuflect as I passed by - not an easy task with hundreds of people trying to get to the garage.


8:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least it's refreshing to see a Tabernacle that can't be knocked over by a strong breeze...

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Quo Vadis said...

It looks like something out of one of the Alien movies. Thats 2 alien tabernacles I have seen online now in 24 hrs. The other one is here:

Hmmm aliens vs the borg...

11:13 PM  
Blogger skeetor said...

this is the tabernacle? are you serious? pleeeaaase tell me this is just a joke, haha?

12:22 AM  
Anonymous Jenn said...

Sadly, Skeeter, it is not a joke!

Has anyone ever seen the tabernacle open? I mean besides the photos on the website? I think it is less ugly closed.

12:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less ugly. That's a nice way of putting it.

2:56 AM  
Blogger Clayton said...

It looks like bas-relief of the statues on Easter Island.

Or lost-wax impressions of Larry Boy the asparagus and his relatives from VeggieTales.

3:08 AM  
Anonymous Suzie said...

Darn! Clayton beat me to it. I was going to say the statue and Easter Island too. By the way, the chapel is the size of my walk-in closet, and yes, people walk right by it and don't even know it's there. What's really sad is that they have this beautiful 17th century retalbo that was donated many years ago for use in a Los Angeles cathedral. Now it sits in the ambulatory, looking like a disembodied museum piece. I would have been beautiful in a Blessed Sacrament chapel.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, larry boy that's been steamed in a bamboo steamer.

8:05 AM  
Blogger CS said...

I like that carbonite one! "Mr. Disney is ready for shipping to Jabba."

2:42 PM  
Anonymous Victor Eremita said...

It's at least nice to hope that the artist got something out of it--that even if it means nothing to the people looking at it, it was perhaps a genuine expression of the artist's faith.

Unfortunately, most trendy artists of this age think their calling is to desecrate the sacred--it's at least hopeful to see one of them making an attempt, however awkward, to honor it instead.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Bro. Andrew, nSM said...

Well, I agree with Quintero here. IF that's the tabernacle, then I'd rather not be with Christ. I'm scared looking at it. Unless, secretly, the point is to bring us back to the fear of God!

Here I thought it was for the sacred oils.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Bro. Andrew, nSM said...

Second question...How does this thing open?

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


So, that's what the Martians left when the lost the War of the Worlds....;)

6:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I laughed until I read what it was.Then I wanted to cry.

9:52 AM  

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