Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Roofless church.

Philip Johnson’s Roofless Church and I came into the world in the same year, 1960.

From the University of Southern Indiana website: “The architect’s concept was that only one roof, the sky, could embrace all worshipping humanity.”

Walking into it at night with my buddy Mickey Grimm is one of my best first memories of New Harmony. You think you’re walking into a regular building and all of sudden there's nothing but sky and stars and peacefulness.

Then the first time Lexie and I walked into it one night, hoping for a repeat performance, there was a mother skunk who had birthed some babies in the little stand of trees inside. She was having none of us. I wondered why this sweet little black kitty was rushing at us rather menacingly...