Architecture and Urban Planning, Culture and Religion, Urban Sketching

So my local SF Bay Area Urban Sketchers group met up at the Cathedral of Christ the Light (Lake Merritt – Oakland, CA) on May 1st.  I’m not a practicing Muslim, but I couldn’t help but think, “this should be interesting.”  Let’s face it when you’re looking for stunning works of religious architecture in the US, it’s not going to be a mosque.  But who knows what’s in store for future generations?  Perhaps our children or their children will be sketching in spaces where architecture and spirituality come together in ways that are beyond our imagination.  All that aside, I have to say that I found myself in peaceful bliss as I sketched the body of Jesus as I sat in the pews of the Cathedral of Christ the Light.  The moment made me pause and wonder why my mother left Christianity and chose Islam when I was a child.  In the midst of my feelings of bliss and spiritual thoughts, I found myself awkwardly looking up at the image of Christ.  I realized I was sitting in a spot that none of the other sketchers chose.  Perhaps because the perspective felt awkward, a little like an IMAX film.  But I didn’t want to move.  I wanted to try and make it work.  I remembered that I saw a couple of other sketchers turn their sketchbooks at a 45 degree angle so that they could capture the as much of the horizontal and vertical views as possible.  Here’s my attempt.



Mohammed sketching Jesus