The urban landscape of downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico received a new spin on its official nickname of The City Different during a temporary outdoor display of the copper Spinning Leaves and Solar Reflections wind sculptures by Hypnartic Artwork that were recently installed at Cathedral Park.
Sixteen of the sculpture’s curved leaves designed with realistic intricately detailed veins affixed to its pair of arms gracefully spun without interruption while successfully capturing the energy of available natural breezes. A grassy area located alongside the front entrance of the architecturally significant and centrally located Saint Francis Cathedral or Cathedral of St. Francis Assisi served as Hypnartic Artwork’s home base during its one day stay.
The cathedral itself is among the magnificent architectural landmarks, natural beauty and scenic landscapes of Santa Fe that provides creative inspiration to residents and visitors. Painter Edward Hopper based his“Saint Francis’ Tower, Santa Fe” upon his 1925 visit to the city.
Santa Fe’s population of over 69,000 consists of a large number of visual artists, musicians and writers. The city is a widely known cultural arts mecca filled with many music venues, art galleries and museums exhibiting historical, folk to contemporary works including former resident American painter Georgia O’Keefe who died in 1986.
Santa Fe translates to Holy Spirit in Spanish which is appropriately underscored by the Cathedral’s magnificent and noteworthy architectural design. Classified as the mother church of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Archbishop Jean Baptist Lamy built the limestone Cathedral between 1869 and 1886.
The current Cathedral houses multiple chapels including one preserved from the La Parroquia adobe style church that once occupied the existing site during the 1700’s. A series of windows including the oversized rose design located above the entry and the side windows depicting each of the Twelve Apostles were imported from France. Oversized entry doors cast from bronze bear twenty panels sculptured with an illustrative portrayal of events regarded as important to the Cathedral that have occurred throughout its history. An adjacent portico houses nineteen life-size statues depicting Stations of the Cross, patron St. Francis of Assisi, Algonquin-Mohawk Indian Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and Archbishop Lamy whose body is said to be buried in a crypt located below the cathedral’s floor.