I have not seen the Tucson temple. I would rather get probed by space aliens. But, when the Gilbert, AZ temple opened, one of the bosses at work made a point of telling me how beautiful she thought it was. (She was not a member and I was.) I was embarrassed at the idea that somehow building a shining edifice proves how holy the church is. There must be a better way to spend the widow's mite.
For the money the church spends on temples it could add a couple of levels to a mall somewhere. For the cost of one crystal chandelier the Mormons could easily buy five minutes of political advertising supporting some referendum that is against something. For the cost it takes to generate the hype for one of these architectural monstrosities, the LDS overlords could send out hundreds of 18 year old missionaries.
A resident here at the assisted living has a newspaper clipping photo of the Tucson temple 'dome' taped on his door for whatever reason. I actually like the looks of it compared to the usual spire on their temples.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/21/2017 02:00PM by cinda.
Well made from the modern office/commercial yardstick (nothing like the ancient stuff obviously) but disappointingly mundane and banal. Also very small and all on one level ... I was surprised that the baptistery was on the ground level like all the other rooms instead of on a lower level as is usual.
You could practically look out from the corridor of the baptistry and see other people on the tour coming out of the celestial room on the other side of the main waiting area. The whole tour (time inside the actual temple) took about ten minutes.
They missed a big opportunity with that dome to make it open on the inside through to the central waiting area and put some murals on the inside of it. As it is, the waiting area (right under the dome) just has the standard flat ceiling and you wouldn't even know there was a dome up above.
Also it was like a gazillion degrees outside (well, 120 anyway.) Walking out of the temple was like going from a refrigerator into a furnace!
not-a-mo-nomo Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > > They missed a big opportunity with that dome to > make it open on the inside through to the central > waiting area and put some murals on the inside of > it. As it is, the waiting area (right under the > dome) just has the standard flat ceiling and you > wouldn't even know there was a dome up above.
Seriously? I can't believe that. So they completely negated the most glorious aspect of a dome in church architecture.
I guess it really is all about how it looks on the outside.
It reminds me of the episode of "Everybody Loves Raymond" in which Marie takes up sculpting except that Marie's sculpture was more female in design. I suspect that at least a few unimportant people caught the likeness but were nervous about saying anything to the higher-ups. It's too glaring a likeness to be missed by everyone.