Great Cathedrals: No. 11 of 40 Forts
Wow! Our trip to New York was one week ago today. This fort was obviously inspired by travel. The magazine is a picture from the train station in Budapest.
We left from Union Station, which is an incredibly beautiful train station. Not all train stations are this stunning. But all seem to be an entrance into a new world. Travel is a very important source of inspiration for me. I think that because everything is different, I am absorbing everything around me.
During this particular trip to New York, I caught the tail end of a conversation about divine intervention. We were lugging all of our baby gear to the train. I had my gloves and scarf tucked into my hat, which was nested in a little tray on the top of our stroller. Henry didn’t know that it was there. So when he picked up the stroller to head to the train, the hat fell out. Of course, we were not aware of this. But soon after boarding the train, these women were abuzz with talk about the hat.
“No, it wasn’t my hat.” Back and forth. Finally I thought, maybe I should check to see if my hat is still in the top of the stroller. It was not. So then I asked one of the women if the hat was red. They were ecstatic. “Yes!” I followed her back to where she had left the hat in the cafe car. Then an older woman said to the younger, “Talk about is there a God. There’s your good deed for the day.” I was tempted to give them my blog address for them to follow the 40 forts project, but I didn’t.
She considered train stations to be cathedrals, welcoming her to another side of God.
So with this fort, I celebrate all of the wonderful things I discover about new people, places and interests I find within myself while traveling.
The design with this one is the first where I set the fort on its side. I wanted to highlight the large, cathedral-like window found within the picture. The purple scored paper references the busy thoroughfare of activity as people move from place to place.
This paper sculpture, roughly the size of a coffee cup, is one of forty forts I created during Lent 2010 as a creative exercise and spiritual exploration.