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Weekly Photo Challenge: Near & Far

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While visiting Disney World in May for our ‘Familymoon’, we found ourselves in the midst of the new construction for the highly anticipated Fantasyland renovations.  Disney announced that they would be phasing in new attractions, restaurants and shops, including the addition of The Beast’s Castle (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Prince Eric’s Castle (“Little Mermaid”) through 2014.  Just past the construction barriers, you can see the beginnings of Belle’s stomping grounds.

A closer view of The Beast’s Castle under construction at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
(Photograph taken May 2012)

In a very Disney-esque style of forced perspective that is seen throughout all of their parks, the scale of the castle gives the impression of great distance.  The actual size of the castle can be better realized alongside the construction workers, in some terrific photos that I found online at: Inside the Magic (click here).

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James Turrell

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“Alpha Tunnel to the East Portal” by James Turrell at the Roden Crater. (Click on the photograph for details about this amazing project.)

When I think about an artist of light, the first person that would most obviously come to anyone’s mind is the late Thomas Kinkade.  I have always loved how he truly encompassed the beauty of richly lit landscapes and structures in his paintings that were always so clearly ‘Kincaid’.  James Turrell on the other hand, uses the palette of natural light which he visually encapsulates through his design of minimalistic architecture.  His ongoing project that has been underway since 1974, the “Roden Crater” is his magnum opus.  This structure, complete with an elliptical ‘Skyspace’ is located in the San Francisco Volcanic Field near the Arizona Painted Desert, and it reminds me of a sort of modern day Stonehenge in the works.  From within its walls, one can more discernibly experience the movement of the earth in relation to the moon, the sun and rare celestial events.  The changing horizon of each day and night promises a varied exhibition hour by hour, day by day.

Expected to open in 2011, it remains under construction as anticipation builds by natural wonder enthusiasts everywhere.  I had never heard of James Turrell prior to this course, but I now find myself rallying for the opening of this astounding site to visitors by the time we hope to take our family on a cross country tour.  This is definitely one for the Bucket List!!!