Aeoli, what is your take on the Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs?Job La Salle
It’s a geodesic cone with a hat. Notably, the hat is the kind melonheads always end up wearing.
After looking up the definition of basilica I’ve decided that rich people should build these in their town squares if they want their town to survive. This may become a major facet of the 2030 survival project.
Cones are like pyramids made of circles. This is actually the next, half-written story Blockheads that I’ve been sitting on for what feels like years now. Pyramids are performative where domes are solipsistic.
A cone is a symbolic composition: a triangle of circles. Going back to how one reads compositions (according to me), you read “X of Y” or “X from Y” from the outer to the inner. So a “triangle of circles” is symbolically equivalent to a circle within a triangle. Or “hierarchy of universe” = “universal hierarchy”.
A triangle within a circle would be “universe of hierarchy” = “hierarchical universe”.
The “geodesic” bit is probably incidental to the needs of construction. When it’s aesthetic, it means “rationalism” (referring to unknown symbol 4, which is basically a mesh).
The hat is actually the most interesting, because it’s the religious equivalent of a crown. This recalls the New Testament references to martyrs and saints receiving crowns for their work on earth, which they then cast before Jesus’ feet in heaven. This idea of self-sacrifice to receive glory in the afterlife is represented in the Christian cross, which is helpfully emblazoned on the religious conehead hat on the building.
So if we read this building as a statement, it would be: “Glory/reward on hierarchy of the universe”. With a little incidental rationalism as icing. As architectural statements go, that’s pretty smart for a testament to the Christian martyrs. I wish the colors were a bit more obvious so I could read into them but it’s unclear. Could be green, or that could just be a trick of the reflected light.
It would be a good flex to push building a replica of this nearby, because how could SWPLs possibly resist a testament to African Christian martyrs? They’d really have to come out of the closet for that. And I don’t think we’ve reached that level of chutzpah quite yet.