The Miraculous Staircase by Len Saltiel // Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe
“Completed in 1878, there was no way to access the choir loft twenty-two feet above. Carpenters were called in to address the challenge but the only solution seemed to be a ladder given the small size of the chapel. The Sisters of the Chapel prayed to St. Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters.
As legend would have it, a man appeared at the Chapel with a donkey and a toolbox looking for work. He built this staircase which has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Once completed, the carpenter disappeared without pay or thanks and many concluded that he was St. Joseph himself, having come in answer to the sisters’ prayers. Even today, experts are perplexed and amazed at its construction and design. Whether you believe the legend or not, it is an amazing staircase.”
If you liked Malaysia-based graphic designer Marcus’ minimalist UP poster, you just might enjoy his simple yet creative silhouetted superhero posters. The series of works, which are available in the artist’s Etsy shop known as Poster Inspired, feature four famous superheroes including Batman, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and Captain America, whom we’ve all grown familiar with through Hollywood blockbusters.
With each of these characters coming out with another big-budget film this year (The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers), perhaps it’s perfect timing to grab one of these fantastic four (comic book joke) 12” x 16” digital prints that cost only $18 each. Personally, I love the shadowy sullen profile of Batman composed of bats. The dark knight is his own cave of emotions… or just bats. (by Pinar)