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Los Angeles cathedral hosts contemporary nativity scene

Catholic World News - December 22, 2011

From December 7 to January 6, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels is hosting “Haute Sphere,” a contemporary porcelain portrayal of the nativity scene commissioned by the Church of the Madeleine in Paris and designed by Sylvain Dubuisson.

Calling the piece a “unique and beautiful work of art,” Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik, the cathedral’s pastor, said that “we are honored to host the ‘Haute Sphere’ for the first time in the United States.”

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  • Posted by: filioque - Dec. 25, 2011 11:07 PM ET USA

    Just what does a geodesic done with a donut have to do with the Nativity? It does have a lot to do with the lead story today, "Europe suffers from 'faith fatigue,' says Pope in year-end summary." And Los Angeles is not far behind.

  • Posted by: jflare293129 - Dec. 24, 2011 5:39 AM ET USA

    Um, this is example number umpteen bazillion for why artists should never work in "modern art". A Nativity Scene needs a crib, Christ, Joseph, Mary, some shepherds, some wise men, and possibly some animals and straw. This thing, assuming you understand it to portray Christ's birth, appears to portray Christ more like King Midas than Himself. Not exactly inspiring.

  • Posted by: msorensen71798 - Dec. 23, 2011 12:18 AM ET USA

    It's not a sphere.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Dec. 22, 2011 6:03 PM ET USA

    Actually, the work is quite interesting. But if it is a Nativity scene, or even somewhat reminiscent of same, then I am El Greco. Where is the humanity?

  • Posted by: rpp - Dec. 22, 2011 5:46 PM ET USA

    What a piece of trash. Ugly and utterly devoid of meaning. I am more moved to gratitude and devotion to our Lord by a slice of white bread than by that... that... that... thing.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Dec. 22, 2011 11:42 AM ET USA

    The Facebook entry says everything. Worthy of the Yellow Armadillo, indeed!

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