St. Andrews Cathedral monitors

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I have entered St. Andrews cathedral recently and stood there very bewildered for a long while. There were LCD monitors installed on the cathedral columns. It felt so wrong. I know its 21st century and technology is everywhere but somehow these plastic LCD monitors installed on the sandstone columns looked ugly and out of place.

Sydney and Australia in general does not have a lot of old buildings. This is after all a very young country. So, scaring the very few buildings that are of historical and cultural significance with perhaps useful but otherwise ugly modern items, seems, well for a better word sacrilegious.

  • redsalmon

    Peter makes the point that the cathedral serves the practical purpose of worship and communion. It is a functional space as much as an aesthetic space. Its purpose is also its beauty.

    Cathedrals were not built to be just empty monuments for pretty pictures, they are communal spaces – note the acoustic design.

    “perhaps you would be happy if the cathedral was demolished and replaced with modern, characterless warehouse style building with stadium style sitting where speakers and monitors can be easily visible to all”

    or perhaps Ted you would be happy if people were banned from the cathedral in order to keep its aesthetic integrity ?

    The concept of buildings, preserved as art, and separated from their humanity is sacrilegious. That is the art of arrogance, snobbery and exclusion.

  • Peter, you have missed the point of this photo and post. The monitors do not spoil my photo, they make it. What they spoil is the historical cathedral. There is a reason why cathedrals and basilicas were build like art monuments. If it isn’t important to you, perhaps you would be happy if the cathedral was demolished and replaced with modern, characterless warehouse style building with stadium style sitting where speakers and monitors can be easily visible to all. Much more practical than these old buildings.

    Cheers,
    Ted

  • Peter

    I know this is an old, old thread but i couldnt help but comment when i found this image. I was looking for any 3d model information in the building… 😉

    Sacriligious?! what the heck are you talking about!
    Disgraceful? Do you even know Jesus?

    This is a church, it’s important for people attending to have information and also a good view of the pastor.

    The columns are very thick, and when the church is filled to capacity, about 25% of attendants have their view obstructed by the columns.

    The screens are used to display Hymn lyrics, powerpoint slides relevant to the sermon, the pastor himself and also information about upcoming events and even information to encourage visitors.

    Its about priorities, and also, in future, hopefully there will be a beter system, ie maybe transparent LED displays or something like that. but for now, I think they are fine and functional.

    Sorry your photo is spoiled, but i’m sure you have many photos that show the cathedral in its glory.

    Finally, remember that although St Andrews cathedral is an important part of sydney history, it is just a building.

    I invite any who read this, (understandably very few) to come to St Andrews on a Sunday morning @ 1020am, to get a taste of what goes on there.

    Cheers
    Peter

  • Jeff Austin

    I totally agree as well, They don’t belong there, it’s disgraceful.

  • Irena Hayes

    I totally agree with you, they don’t belong there.

  • redsalmon

    Peter makes the point that the cathedral serves the practical purpose of worship and communion. It is a functional space as much as an aesthetic space. Its purpose is also its beauty.

    Cathedrals were not built to be just empty monuments for pretty pictures, they are communal spaces – note the acoustic design.

    “perhaps you would be happy if the cathedral was demolished and replaced with modern, characterless warehouse style building with stadium style sitting where speakers and monitors can be easily visible to all”

    or perhaps Ted you would be happy if people were banned from the cathedral in order to keep its aesthetic integrity ?

    The concept of buildings, preserved as art, and separated from their humanity is sacrilegious. That is the art of arrogance, snobbery and exclusion.

  • Peter, you have missed the point of this photo and post. The monitors do not spoil my photo, they make it. What they spoil is the historical cathedral. There is a reason why cathedrals and basilicas were build like art monuments. If it isn’t important to you, perhaps you would be happy if the cathedral was demolished and replaced with modern, characterless warehouse style building with stadium style sitting where speakers and monitors can be easily visible to all. Much more practical than these old buildings.

    Cheers,
    Ted

  • Peter

    I know this is an old, old thread but i couldnt help but comment when i found this image. I was looking for any 3d model information in the building… 😉

    Sacriligious?! what the heck are you talking about!
    Disgraceful? Do you even know Jesus?

    This is a church, it’s important for people attending to have information and also a good view of the pastor.

    The columns are very thick, and when the church is filled to capacity, about 25% of attendants have their view obstructed by the columns.

    The screens are used to display Hymn lyrics, powerpoint slides relevant to the sermon, the pastor himself and also information about upcoming events and even information to encourage visitors.

    Its about priorities, and also, in future, hopefully there will be a beter system, ie maybe transparent LED displays or something like that. but for now, I think they are fine and functional.

    Sorry your photo is spoiled, but i’m sure you have many photos that show the cathedral in its glory.

    Finally, remember that although St Andrews cathedral is an important part of sydney history, it is just a building.

    I invite any who read this, (understandably very few) to come to St Andrews on a Sunday morning @ 1020am, to get a taste of what goes on there.

    Cheers
    Peter

  • Jeff Austin

    I totally agree as well, They don’t belong there, it’s disgraceful.

  • Irena Hayes

    I totally agree with you, they don’t belong there.