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Capilla del Hombre

Ecuador

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"For the children death took while playing, for the men who became weak working, for the poor who failed loving, I will shout through my art, with the strength of lightening and the fury of battle"
(more or less - feel free to correct me on the translation anyone)

An unexpected highlight of the trip, I’d been intending to see much loved Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamin’s ‘Capilla del Hombre’ for the last 3 months, and just managed to squeeze it in on the last night before I left Quito. It translates as ‘Chapel of Mankind’ and the idea is that it is a place of reflection, or worship, which is not dedicated to a god or religion, but to mankind and to humanity. The result is impressive – philosophically I absolutely love the concept, and it has been beautifully put together with the guidance of his fantastic artistic sense of style.

La Capilla
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The setting – views from La Capilla
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Art in the grounds
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Inside
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The chapel also features a great deal of his art work – some of the pieces are HUGE
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Written on the wall of the chapel
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“I cried because I didn't have shoes, until I saw a child who had no feet"

Guayasamin

Self portrait
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With Castro
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As thunder rumbled through the valleys of the Andes surrounding Quito, the view out over the Capilla to rolling storm clouds and flashes of lightning conjured up a suitably dramatic setting for my last night in Quito.
Goodbye Quito, goodbye defining few months, hello Colombia.

Posted by Stevie_A 19:59 Archived in Ecuador

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