Blogger Robert Boyd does what every Houstonian who’s driven the Eastex Freeway has been meaning to do — one day: get off the freeway and see what the deal is with that brightly lit marble and marbleish Greco-Roman edificial smorgasbord on the 59 feeder road:
When I was taking pictures, I got a chance to speak with the young watchman. He told me that the church took five years to build. He offered to let me see the interior, but I wasn’t allowed to take pictures there. A shame, because as mindblowing as the outside is, the inside is even moreso.
Boyd isn’t quite so impressed by some of the exterior decorations:
Even though they clearly spent a fortune on this church, they really should have spent a little more on the sculptures.
This pediment is inhabited by various Biblical figures, but unlike a Greek pediment, the figures don’t have a visual or spatial relationship with each other or with the architecture of the pediment. . . . it is as if the various elements were sculpted separately and then stuck onto the pediment randomly, with no sense of composition.
The front gates feature similarly clumsy sculptures.
The compound is the Houston encampment of Apostle Samuel Joaquin Flores‘s Iglesia La Luz del Mundo, a church based in Guadalajara, Mexico, that claims 5 million members worldwide. Boyd says the place “seems clumsy, grandiose, crass, and overpowering.” But he likes the display.
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