Posted by BRUTUS on September 14, 2002 at 02:51:05:
In Reply to: Re: Kevin,What is wrong about a sacred negative space? posted by Kevin Matthews on September 13, 2002 at 22:33:41:
well i don't want for this thread to give an illusive impression of two stubborn points of view,after all we both helplessly seek for the ultimate truth,but i have to clarify one more thing,to be precise when we speak about the great pyramids we have to recall OTHER great temples from the Egyptian civilization:the Karnak with its Hypostyle halls,the great rock tomb of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel,the funerary temple of Mentuhotep at Deir el Bahari,the great tombs in the Valley of the Kings,and i can give lots of other examples of great negative sacred spaces,it's got to be an internal stimulus ,an internal intiative,the negative space of the Feminine womb of the supreme Mother Earth as a sacred site was long before the Heavenly sky of a Paternal Masculine God,even the example of the great pyramids that you imply in your previous post,we have to recall that the sacred burial chamber that engulf the tomb of the great pharaoh is the center of holiness for the great pyramid,it's got to be protected by an external cover,which is the pyramidal structure,the chamber is the pumping heart ,the radioactive nucleus for the external volume,i suppose that you don't mean of course that the external focal point towards the sky is just a superficial external STAIR WAY TO HEAVEN ,there should be a sacred heart,even the Mayan temples were toped by a relatively small dark room for the ceremonies and rituals to take place,it's a negative space that top an external positive space, i believe that you share the notion that great architecture is internal space not just the external shell or the structure.
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