I noticed something...
which brought me today to the
St Brigide Church,
or what's left of it...
If this was once consecrated ground,
it is no more,
as the Vatican turned its back on this poor church...
Its bells had the loveliest chime;
you wanted to get married to the sound of these.
That's if you wanted to get married at all...
Signs of neglect are obvious on the outside.
It has marvelous details and yet,
no one comes to its defense...
St James was in a dire state,
but it's shaping up now.
I guess French Christians care not the least bit about their churches.
Don't ask me!!
As an atheist,
why should I fight for its cause
if I stand alone?!?...
I believe those directly concerned should speak up,
but it's too late now.
Its parking lot now holds an apartment building,
the presbytery is some kind of refuge or something,
and the church itself,
it's left to its own demise,
but until it actually crumbles,
it is to serve the community.
the facade shows signs of wear,
its stairs are hazardous,
the windows have seen better days
and it doesn't bode well for what waits for me inside...
Truly sad to see this go to waste.
Its glory days are now far behind.
As I stepped in,
I was greeted by gloom itself.
On the ceiling,
the papal keys that once recognized this as an holy place,
but no more...
A few things remain...
An angel that will never stare at the penitent ever again...
The sacrificial lamb?!?
possibly oblivious of what goes on around him.
Everything "sacred" has been ripped from the place...
When I first entered,
I thought people had added recently all of these lights,
but apparently not...
It was part of the show!!!
in my opinion,
after someone ripped from the wall whatever was there...
Let's hope they're taking good care of it!!
there was this exhibit those gloves invited me to see,
an exhibit by graduates of UQAM,
(Universite du Quebec a Montreal),
"Les Architectures des Possibles".
I must say that some integrated their art/installation well into the space,
connecting to it one way or another.
A few are a total "disconnect"...
but those who were inspired by the church did quite well.
Like this hooded figure...
I had to check to make sure there was no one living underneath that hood
that could have spooked me off...
Nope, all safe!!
This one is called "Rivale",
by Isabelle Mathieu.
Francois-Matthieu Bouchard created this instalation
called "Au Suivant" (NEXT!!),
a series of huge balloons hung from the ceiling
with a projector painting these over with various colors.
I like this one especially because the church's window is reflected on the balloon,
connecting the two.
This may look like the morning after at my place when I have friends over for a drink...
And if I am to conclude anything from what I see here,
I'd bet the Antichrist will be a florist,
with all of those roses upside down...
Part of the same concept as the picture above,
by Katherine-Josee Gervais
and called "Tout ce qu'il y a a faire",
(All that needs to be done),
is a very moody installation,
except for a lack of a trail of blood...
A partial view of an installation by Chloé Poirier-Sauvé,
called "Que reste-t-il?" (What's left?),
two protagonists facing each other,
each giving their point of view on their relationship gone sour...
I then left the building!!
Much like God did,
But I'm glad of my visit!!
I finally got to see what St Brigide looks like inside,
even if it's only a shadow of its former glory.
And I got to see some art by some new artists.
Some seem promising.
But who am I to say?!?