I don't often post about adventures I have here in Columbus, but I probably should. There are amazing things to see and do here, like this! My good friend Madeleine Knill invited me to join her and her friend Ossie Johnson on a tour she arranged of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church at 555 N. High Street. I have admired the building many times from the outside, and have friends who are members, but I've never ventured inside. The building is a jewel in the center of our city and the congregation's story is an important part of our community's history as are it's ministries, The building was opened in 1990, replacing the orginal facility built in 1922. You can learn more at www.greekcathedral.com, and even more by arranging a tour, but here are a few pictures to whet your appetite. What look like paintings are actually handmade mosaics, with a story behind each one.
With much less attractive results, but also interesting and fun, we stopped across the street at the Convention Center to join in artist Matthew Moore's interactive public art piece called "As We Are". As described on the FCCFA website:
Made from ribbons of ultrabright LED screens, “As We Are” contains a photo booth capable of taking 3-D pictures. After visitors have their pictures taken, they step out of the booth to see their portraits depicted as the face of “As We Are.”
“Each portrait is roughly 17 times the size of the person represented,” says Mohr, who is also a professor at the Columbus College of Art and Design. “Eyes are as big as dinner plates. Through magnification, the sculpture recontextualizes each participant and asks all who see their portrait to consider who that person is and the life they lead."
Well, indeed it does! Here we are: Maddy, Ossie, and me.,
Ann, Doug, Moose, Darla, Sunny, and with gratitude, Winnie and Chinny.