Saturday, March 24, 2012

A Brace of Finials? A Gaggle of Finials? A Pride of Finials?

 I will show some more carvings from the Trinity College Chapel, without trying to explain each.  Amazing, aren't they?









Cool, no?

32 comments:

Steffe said...

Someone did a good job here.

Malyss said...

all are fabulous, some are easy to understand, the first one scares me: what do they do to the child?..There's surely a good explanation, but this one is disturbing.

Jack said...

Fortunately, Malyss, I bought a book explaining the carvings when I was at the chapel, so I can look it up. The first carving was given by a founder of what today is the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. The children's hospital is symbolized by two early Christian martyrs, Saints Cosmos and Damian, brothers and physicians, supporting a child with developmental disabilities.

Birdman said...

Amazing! All one artist?

VP said...

So many beautiful carvings!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I am flabbergasted that any of them survived down to our time. Such things are stolen, chiseled off, broken or just vandalized over here.

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So this is the new birds blog and I hope you can come visit. Birds Birds Birds and Birds

Cathy Hudspeth said...

These are all amazing. I really want to visit that place. How about a bunch of finials?

Lowell said...

Very cool. As I said, I've never seen nuttin' like it. If I attended a service there I know I'd not hear a thing that was going on 'cause I'd be looking at these funky finials!

Kate said...

It would be impossible to choose a favorite since each one is unique and beautifully crafted. Because of this medley post today, I have a feeling that this is the last glimpse of the finials. The final finials...if so, I am so sad!! I think you should hast a finial fest so that those of us who are interested can descend upon you and visit your great city.

EG CameraGirl said...

This is an amazing collection of photos. I had no idea there could be so many finials in one place.

brattcat said...

a feast of finials. thanks for showing these to us, jack.

Regina K said...

Truly amazing craftsmanship!

Bruce Clark said...

I just love the details in the cravings and as I have said in the past the lighting gives all these pieces a warm and comfortable feeling.

Sharon said...

I think I said it before but, I've never seen anything like this before. These are very unique. I like that top shot where you can see all those different shapes and styles in the background.

cieldequimper said...

Yes, amazing is the word...

Bob Crowe said...

Finally, some free time...

A flock? Mob, rabble, mass, swarm or pack? (Mac OS has a built-in dictionary and thesaurus.)

This is quite amazing, each and individual. Sort of like the terra cotta warriors of X'ian but with much finer detail.

Sylvia K said...

I'll take a gaggle just because the word always makes me smile -- geese or not! These are all incredible and I have so enjoyed your posts showing individual ones! A terrific series, Jack! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Malyss said...

Thank you for explaination!
I was thinking it could not be something bad, as we're in a church.But I would not imagine that.I was thinking of something like taking an orphan away from street.Glad you bought the book! :o)

Karl said...

This is not only a chapel, this is a museum!
Amazing sculptures.

Halcyon said...

These really are so beautiful and amazing. I have really enjoyed this series and I would love to visit this chapel in person. :)

JM said...

Trully amazing! I have never seen anything of the kind in a church. Love this set of shots!

Luis Gomez said...

Amazing! Really beautiful Jack!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I really like them a lot Jack, but somehow I think if I happened to be in there on my own, it might creep me out a little, all those little people and creatures surrounding me!!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I have been in a lot of churches in a lot of countries, but have never seen anything like this.

You must have a lot of photos lined up to post in the future. I would have milked another week of two out of your series of posts of finials.

Cezar and Léia said...

All those wooden pieces are really impressive! Even when you said that we were in for a treat, I would never expect that much! Truly remarkable!
God bless you!
Cezar

RedPat said...

I like a feast of finials. There is even a hockey player there.

jennyfreckles said...

They are very remarkable pieces. The book must be interesting, as it seems most commemorate something or someone. The stories behind each are fascinating.

Dianne said...

Exquisite !! Such attention to detail and the timber is wonderful and warm.

joo said...

They are absolutely wonderful! All of them!
have a nice Sunday:)

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Have not seen wood sculptures like these in a church, I like them !

Randy said...

Nothing like I have ever seen before.

Nathalie said...

Seeing these and thinking of the fire fighter's pew, I'd be hard pressed to find the connection between some of these and local professional groups.