Saturday, September 5, 2020

The Courtyard And The Chapel

There are two large interior courtyards inside the National Gallery that one can view from any side or from the upper level. One contains a garden, one that often seems to evolve, a living and changing work of art.

Off this courtyard is an entrance to a space that is art in and of itself. The Rideau Chapel is the preserved chapel of a convent, carefully brought over when the place was to be demolished. Often when I visit, it is the sound of the interior that draws me in. 

That sound is The Forty Part Motet, a sound sculpture concept by Janet Cardiff that deploys speakers around the chapel with choral music. The effect has to be experienced in person, but to sum it up, it feels like you're inside the music, that you can feel the sound. This time the speakers were set up inside.


  1. The interior of the chapel is beautiful.

  2. I would very much enjoy that musical experience, I have no doubt.

  3. Hello,

    Lovely series, the chapel is amazing. So pretty! Enjoy your day, happy weekend!

  4. @Nancy: yes it is.

    @Gattina: thanks!

    @David: you would.

    @Marianne: me too.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  5. should be an evolving, living and changing work.

  6. That chapel is a stunner. So beautiful. Love the ceiling.

  7. The chapel is so beautiful. I can imagine standing in there and hearing the music all around me. It must be sort of magical.

  8. Those interior shots are fabulous! What a place.

  9. Music inside that chapel must be beautiful!

  10. Quite the chapel ~ lovely photo ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Would be cool to experience sound that you actually feel.

  12. That's a beautiful glad it was preserved.

  13. The inside of the chapel is absolutely beautiful.

  14. That is extraordinary! Do they still hold worship services there?

  15. Wow!
    The inside of the chapel is just beautiful.

    All the best Jan

  16. @Francisco: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: so do I.

    @Tom: I agree.

    @Magiceye: thanks!

    @Jeanie: definitely.

    @Sharon: it is, yes.

    @RedPat: very much so.

  17. @Marie: it is.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Red: that it is.

    @Barbara: me too.

    @Bill: I agree.

    @Sandi: no, it's deconsecrated in that sense.

    @Jan: it very much is.