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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

There Is Beauty All Around

I saw so many beautiful things at the temple this morning that I almost don't know where to start.
The new railing is all put together on the steeple deck.
Of course it's beautiful.
I like all the finials.
Men are still working up there.
I tried to peek inside.
Eventually the plywood door will be replaced with art glass.
Visitors to the tabernacle could look out over the city from the deck, but not anymore.
The temple doors have all been painted to match the trim around the windows.
I'm not a paint expert.
Having said that, I've picked the wrong color before.
More than once.
This is the right color.
In addition to new paint, some of the doorways have new planters.
This is a trefoil design, with symbolism associated with the three members of the Godhead.
The pointed arch is Victorian. The three foils also represent past, present and future.  
The gablets have a quatrefoil design, representing the four corners of the earth.
There is a lot of symbolism at the new temple. 
Matching planters are also at the north entrance.
Work on the south entrance is not yet complete.
There were many other beautiful things to see this morning.
Protective plywood over the brides' skylight has been removed.  Brides will look up and see art glass, but it's not visible from this view.
The fountain looked mighty pretty on this first day of fall.
A planter in the north garden has a similar design.
A twin is on the south.
The grounds are already an enormous garden.
Workmen's trucks are disappearing. 
Our view of the pavilion gets better and better.
Painters are still working on this magnificent structure.
Some have been busy at the driveway.
My camera saw something wonderful at every angle.
Even the gates are a work of art.
No matter where I looked, I saw beauty.
All the earth's a garden sweet.
Brighter beams the azure sky.
Kindly heaven smiles above.

9 comments:

JayBingham said...

Are my eyes playing tricks on me or does the paint on the doors match the color of the sandstone?

Julie said...

I noticed the same thing. I was fine with the bright white, which now appears to have been primer, but when I looked at the southwest door, I noticed that the paint matches the sandstone.

Easy_Going_Dad said...

Is that plywood on the south entrance doors? Perhaps those doors will have art glass in them instead of being solid?

Julie said...

Definitely plywood. I will see what I can learn about art glass.

The Cannon Family said...

There will be glass in the south door windows, I read it in one of the reports to the city council back when the temple was still in the planning stage. I think it's a great idea, it will bring more light into the recommend desk area.

littlejon said...

I noticed a lamp post near the south east corner of the temple that appears to have weather-related equipment instead of a lamp. Do you know anything about that? Is it an official gov't type of weather station? How much information is being collected? Is it used solely for the temple or is the information available via any other means to the general public? Thanks.

Julie said...

You are seeing an anemometer in addition to lighting. I made a brief mention of this in a long post several months ago. It's toward the bottom of http://newtempleinprovo.blogspot.com/2015/06/orbits-doors-and-porches.html. I don't think the purpose is for anything besides control of the fountain if the wind gets too high. However, someone will for sure correct me if I'm wrong.

Julie said...

Dad -- art glass will go in the south doors.

Jay and Lavona Richardson said...

Thanks for all your time and work to share with us these beautiful photos of the Provo City Temple. I love seeing them.