- Hardcover: 124 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811818160
- ISBN-13: 978-0811818162
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Altars and Icons: Sacred Spaces in Everyday Life Hardcover – April 1, 1998
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Since ancient times, humans have revered certain objects as reminders of the spiritual and have honored them in shrines and altars. Author and photographer Jean McMann explores this tendency in all its complex modern forms, both religious and secular, in this tribute to altar making. Each artist--for that is what they are--tells the story of how a bookshelf, a mantel, a garden, or even a car became a repository of memory, inspiration, luck, and prayer. From Andrew Romanoff's memorabilia of ancestors who ruled Russia to Violet Ruth Super's shrine to Elvis, a moving purity of feeling underlies each pebble and postcard.
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Bringing together over forty eclectic personal shrines, Altars and Icons offers a diverse and vibrant vision of sanctuary. Amalia and Carlos Vasquez celebrate the Day of the Dead in a bright-hued altar of roses and marigolds. Harrod Blank turns his car into a retreat on wheels, adding a new element--a bottle cap, a tiny figurine, a birthday cake--whenever he feels the urge. Both formal and casual, secular and religious, heartfelt and whimsical, here are altars created to evoke contemplation, inspire creativity, honor memory, amuse, encourage or rejuvenate. Including interviews with the people who fashioned these remarkable shrines, Altars and Icons is luminous inspiration for creating your own sacred place at home, at the office, or wherever you need it most.