Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The enormous constructions at Cern evoke great cathedrals and Egyptian pyramids, says Jonathan Glancey. Paradoxically, this extreme expression of modern science may be the most spritual structure of our time



GATEWAY to the GODS: The Mystery Hole Con-CERN

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A number of Europe's great medieval cathedrals were built in something like this same spirit. Teams of architects, masons, experts in geometry and Latin-speaking divines travelled across the continent gathering and sharing knowledge and raising immense, intricate and daring structures aimed at bringing humankind and the infinite together.

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Their most profound works, and especially Chartres, are aligned with the constellations, as if they had been built as observatories, but with prayer rather than radio waves beaming into infinite, and numinous, space.

Back on the surface, our most ambitious contemporary buildings, whether in Europe or the rest of the world, tend to be vast office and hotel towers. Cities and states vie with one another to reach ever higher into the sky. None of these braggadocio designs, however, have any purpose beyond getting and spending. None has anything like the spiritual charge of a Sumerian Ziggurat, an Egyptian pyramid or a medieval cathedral, nor the sheer sense of wonder engendered by pure engineering marvels, whether the late 19th century Eiffel Tower or the early 21st century Viaduc de Millau over the River Tarn in the Massif Central.

No matter how odd it might seem at first, the most profoundly spiritual structure of our time, housed for the most part in functional sheds and unadorned underground passageways, is the vast Cern laboratory, tucked away out of sight, although very much in mind.

Here is a temple of our own age, a place and space where we will have a chance of understanding a little more of the Great Architect and the universe, or universes, he set blazing into perpetual motion.

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