Sublime Staircase on the San Juan Islands
At the intersection of art & architecture, there is often a fantastical world that emerges and delights all of our humanly senses. It’s the combination of sacred geometry, a flawless precision & an artist’s whimsical ingenuity that will transform an unremarkable, ordinary structure into a worthy successor to the Earth’s 7 Wonders of The World.
The meeting of art & architecture is, after all, what gave us Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in Rome, Il Duomo di Firenze in Florence & La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. These familiar masterpieces are conceived & constructed with and inspired by the theism that ruled the day & man’s mechanical potential. In today’s world, where our machines can propel us to outer space & move the earth in just a matter of days, we can draw a logical conclusion that these visionary buildings would dot the landscape around the world. The opposite however is true. These were, in fact, one-offs that were laid to the earth in spite of man’s 19th & 20th century industrial tools, which, of course makes them all the more magnificent. This monumental magnificence is evident when one comes face-to-face with Shawn Christman’s masterful expression: The Sublime Grand Staircase in the foyer of Eagle’s Nest Estate.