“When you know how it’s done, it takes away the magic,” Petran says.
The vaulted roof soars almost all the way to heaven. Petran painted yellow stars on the high blue ceiling. And I, of course, chamfered the columns, tapering them at the top. This trompe l’oeil makes the viewer see the chamber as taller than it really is. Long flights of stairs force the petitioner to look up towards the majesty of the dais and throne. Together, we artisans manufactured awe.
Truly, it don’t destroy the magic. Ordinary folk made this with brains and hands. That’s awe too.
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