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The Washington National Cathedral Mandala
|| 7/26/2005 || 12:01 pm || 2 Comments Rendered || ||

I used the same imagery that I used to make the The Washington National Cathedral Lenz, but instead of placing the imagery into the Lenz template, I just used the 4 plane mandala template. The 4 planes then reflect 2 times giving a total of 8 lines of radial symmetry. What I like the most about this rendering is that I bent the Cathedral! I should have included that in one of the screenshots above because I have a small series of bent buildings that I’ve created in the last year or so. Of course my favorite is the White House (“Get Bent Bush!”). I’ll try to put the bent Cathedral on-line shortly.

Nonetheless, I think it looks awesome (as usual), but this rendering I actually over-projected by making the rendering larger than it needed to be. The beauty of the raster projection process is that I can merely scale down the final product in photoshop to correct it. Yet, this has happened time and time again with my most recent mandalas. I need to do the math before rendering them to make sure I don’t have to down sample each rendering. Naw— Go big!

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Post Title: The Washington National Cathedral Mandala
Posted in: Cathedral, DC, Mandala, Renderings, Ward3



  1. Nikolas:

    Obciously, I have been viewing the site tonight and thiniking about the tesselation process with regard to historical cartography. The National Cathedral mosaic looks very similar to a “T-O” map; an early representation of the world (11th, 12th, 13th, century) that typically put Jerusalem in the center.

    This might be an addtional avenue for your art – comparing modern tesselated images to well known (readily identifiable to any map nerd) historic maps. The 1790 L’enfant plan of of DC might be a nice local image.

    Ed

    Comment by Ed Redmond — 12/23/2005 @ 11:17 pm

  2. Ed,

    I’d really like to see what a “T-O” map looks like. This is the first I have heard of one. By chance, is there one currently digitized on the LOC website?

    I’ve thought about tessellating historical maps overlayed on to aerial photographs, but I have gotten around to makinig anything substansial yet. I always thank L’enfant when I make a map of downtown Washington, DC that contains an intersting pattern due to his design.

    Instead of incorporating old maps, I have tessellated Vermeer’s “The Geographer” for a very nice map I call “The Modern Geographer” (not to be confused with the Professional Geographer). My sister has a copy of it because her specialty is Dutch Art.

    There is one drawback to the Cathedral source imagery that I used. It wasn’t square. For the everything to tessellate properly without spatial distortion I found shortly after making this map that I needed to have all of my source imagery as a perfect square.

    Cheers,
    Nikolas

    Comment by admin — 12/27/2005 @ 8:34 pm

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