movement, movement

The UN Is Getting Strangely Apocalyptic

Posted in random, religion by amoslanka on November 24, 2008

I honestly thought this was satire when I first came across it. Nope, its real, and its the ceiling of the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva.

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Does anyone else notice the striking similarity to the classic vision of the depths of hell? I’m no apocalypticist, nor do I prescribe to the classic imagery, but my first impression was rather Dante-esque. And for obvious reasons, I don’t care to have reason to further associate government with evil, even if it is more colorful.

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And one more thing, it cost $23 million. Sounds like government to me. Allegedly a good portion of that came from international aid budgets, obviously instead of going to actual aid. However, that notion is disputed, of course, over political lines.

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  1. Harry said, on November 25, 2008 at 3:15 am

    On a semi-related note, apparently the EU Parliament building in Strasbourg is modeled on a 1563 painting of the tower of Babel by renaissance painter, Pieter Bruegel.
    (http://www.jim3dlong.com/1563_Pieter_Bruegel_the_elder_The_Tower_of_Babel-wl400.jpg vs http://k53.pbase.com/u32/bobskocpol/large/20900564.TheEuropeanParliamentinStrasbourg.jpg)

  2. amoslanka said, on November 25, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    @harry — no joke! whats the deal with that?

  3. david said, on November 25, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    ya. what do you do with this.. it’s a big question. i fully believe that a more socially responsible reality has artists at its lead, but the money spent here makes me take a step back. i can’t help but contradict myself on this one.


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