Mexican firm Fernando Romero EnterprisE (FREE) has won a competition to design a chapel in Miami with plans modelled on the pleated fabric gown of religious figure the Lady of Guadalupe.
A twisted tower will provide a spire over the chapel’s altar and will feature a stained-glass skylight decorated with an image of the Lady of Guadalupe.
The architects intend this image to project down onto visitors sat in the sunken assembly hall, to “stress the connection with the sky” and “represent the contrast between earth and heaven”.
If you thought that the worst insult to be throw at Our Holy Mother was the Taj Mahoney in Los Angeles, think again. This design just smacks of goddess-worship, hardly befitting a woman whose message to us is, "Do as He says." It is her image that is "projected down" onto the main altar, while what appears to be a simple cross - sans corpus - remains in the background.
And the altar? A sunken affair, lending to an image of Man above God. Yes, I am aware that many churches have been designed with the back slightly higher than the front, so as to allow people to better see and hear the Mass - but God still remains above all on a raised altar.
By the way, the icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe shows that her robe is gathered, which is quite different from being pleated.
And could someone please tell me, who are the "27 Latin American virgins?"
This is not a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is the poor attempt of the caterer at a discount banquet hall to twist a dinner napkin into a swan.