Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ALTERATIONS WHILE U WAIT

If the phrase "too clever by half" ever suggests itself, you're doing it wrong.

31 comments:

Free Range Anglican said...

Are those neckties???? Is this some sort of warped Father's Day liturgy? Will the incense be burned in my dad's old pipe then?

Nickie Goomba said...

I am heartened to again see the traditional St. Cravat's Day alter display.

Zio Rico said...

Goomba, you made me snort water through my nose.

Shame!

John & Terry said...

Are these the ties that bind?

S said...

I can almost understand this if it were the work of some resourceful person of limited imagination at a tiny little church with no budget for altar furnishings.

But just look at that setting. Huge altar. Carved wood. Elegant flower arrangements. Organ pipes.

No, somebody clearly meant this to be Art.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when the women's group does sell all their merchantise at the annual Christmas bazaar.

This year, buy it all. Don't leave anything on the tables. Don't store any leftovers in the church basement. Offer to buy all the unsold items as a lot. Haul it to the thrift store. But do not, I repeat do not, let the sewing circle get ahold of it. Thank you for your cooperation!

Anonymous said...

'Bind us together, Lord, bind us with TIES that cannot be broken'!

X said...

At first I thought "That's pretty. What's the problem?". Then I clicked to enlarge the photo. GAUDY!!

Anonymous said...

"somebody clearly meant this to be Art." And they succeeded. It is a well designed "hanging" in that it reflects the shapes in the organ pipe reredos. It just isn't an altar frontal.

An additional feature is that it seems to be cutting the glare from light bulbs under the front edge.

Yuck! off2

Mari said...

Remove white base and replace with darker color and it isn't THAT bad. Oh and remove that 1 guady tie, then it's fine.

Anonymous said...

Bad, bad, bad Father's Day tribute.

S - The presence of the pipe organ does not necessarily mean this church has much money to spend on anything. Think of all the big mainline churches that are nearly empty most Sunday mornings. The flower arrangeents in the photo suggest neither wealth nor artistic taste.

So sad.

Paul Woodrum said...

The Father's Day Memorial Frontalet.

MonkWerks said...

It looks photo-shoped to me.

Cunjo said...

Impending Doom - There will be violence
This song expresses my emotionsin this particular moment...

pelerin said...

It looks as if a whole load of unwanted Christmas presents from dads and uncles have been recycled here.

midwestnorwegian said...

TEC continues its tradition of neutering males and builds frontals out of the trophies.

Anonymous said...

Nicky G., Please don't confuse the St. Cravat's day celebration with the Feast of St. Foulard!

monika

Denita said...

I'm an artist and THIS AIN'T ART. Not in the liturgical sense (or any other sense, for that matter).

Alexi said...

Maybe it's the Father's Day blessing of neckwear:

"Bless be the ties that bind..."

Anonymous said...

I want to see the one they made out of bow-ties.

Sibyl said...

This church must be surplus neckwear from a restaurant just outside Phoenix where neckties are illegal. The waitresses have a pair of scissors in one side of a double holster and a staple gun in the other side. If a man shows up in a tie, the waitress cuts it off and staples it to the wall or ceiling. Many a fine silk tie is waving in the breeze of those ceiling fans. Maybe once a year or so, they donate some of those ties to the church rummage sale where they have been recycled into this altar piece.

Sibyl said...

In the first sentence, strike the word, 'church'....

Anthony S. "Tony" Layne said...

(Hobby Lobby + Goodwill) * complete lack of common sense and good taste = Craptastic altar cloth. What, me take the liturgy seriously?

Anonymous said...

Agree with the mention above: this looks a lot like Photoshop. The white edging appears too uniform across the varying light of the altar. The *real* issue with this is that it's conceivable to a bunch of readers that this could have happened. Yikes.

Diego said...

GOOD GRIEF!! WHYYYY? I think this piece must be one of the most ridiculous you have posted so far. Thank you for it!!
If you're ever in Oxford, go the to a pub called the Bear, I think they got the fabric from there...

Cantor Nikolaos said...

I would have a hard time taking seriously or respecting any clergy who allowed crap like this, but I've seen worse.

At least someone at some point in time had the good sense and thought singing to God is important enough to get a real pipe organ.

If they are going to do this modern crap, they might as well get an Allen POS and give the pipe organ to someone who needs it and cares enough about sacred music to not look for ways to cheapen it.

Cantor Nikolaos said...

At least there was one point in time, when someone had the good sense to get a pipe organ and not a toaster.

Though, I can only imagine it will be silent if things keep going the way they are.

I really have seen worse, but I have also seen a lot better!

Anonymous said...

somewhere...there is an altar guild motherhen who is feeling far to crafty...and powerful.

Raspberry Rabbit said...

There must be something wrong with me. I actually rather like that.

Laurie Ryan said...

I served this church for several years. Yes, it's a real necktie piece. The designer is a young woman who chaired the Altar Guild and then took her toys and went home very shortly after this. The organ is a lovely Steiner-Reck with a wonderful stoplist perfectly planned for Anglican worship. The worship space is light and airy and I was always inspired when I walked in from the back of the nave. There is a small but extremely vocal Cursillo group there that wants to renew their campfire high each week during Communion. The church had been charismatic for a while until a new rector came and threw out the guitars and tamourines, renovated the worship space, installed the organ, and then left.

Anonymous said...

The parish posse should have throwed a Neck-tie party for that-there designer . . . .