Nivi's Adventures

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Sacred: Discover what we share

This post is about Sacred, an exhibition on "The world's greatest collection of Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy books" currently on at the British Library. I figured it would be a cultural experience, and it turned out to be quite an interesting exhibition.

The similarities between the religions are interesting to note and I was kinda chuffed to read a note talking about two of the most holy places for all 3 religions: Jerusalem (tick) and Mt Sinai (tick) :D

Unfortunately there was a no photos policy which I decided to follow (check out some more random photos later, or this link for some authorised photos of the texts).

There were some amazingly intricate books on display which was stunning enough but when you considered they were of such importance and age and variance: for instance a Torah scroll from China 17th/18th c (!), part of the Dead Sea Scrolls and a piece of the carpet that was hung over the doors of mecca during hajj one year!

All in all a nice way to spend a saturday afternoon, even though I got soaked in the rain and walked around the exhibition barefoot, carrying my soggy shoes in my hand :)

Sir Eduardo Paolozzi's statue of Isaac Newton

Lotsa books - as one might expect at the British Library!

And a funky bench in the foyer, which is of course art:
Sitting on History by Bill Woodrow (1995)
"With its ball and chain, this bronze sculpture refers to the book as the captor of information from which we cannot escape"


  • Loving that first photo. It's awesome.

    By Blogger Bree, at 4:02 PM  

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