What would you do with a pile of bricks?
After a great showing of “Into the Garden of Glass and Steel,” we dramatically switched gears to focus on the patient and, in some ways, odd work of Dutch artist Louis LeRoy. He works alongside several friends in Mildam in the North of Holland on what he calls the “Ecokathedraal.” If you are anything like me, the idea of a Cathedral usually brings about visions of larger scale, often ornate religious architectural design. However, the Ecokathedraal was nothing of the sort.
We were first met with a pile or rubble: bricks, chunks of stone, and other solid building materials dumped on a seemingly random (but beautiful) site as the dumping ground for construction waste. Then comes along an aged, Dutch artist, who begins to tell a story of his vision in his native language while the film translated through subtitles. What we were left with was nothing less than something beautiful.