Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Tasmanian Gothic - Compass on the Pugin Bicentenary

Source: ABC
For those who are not regular watchers of ABC's Compass program, don't miss the episode currently available online on the architecture of Augustin Pugin and the lovely EF Mass celebrated for the Pugin Bicentenary by Bishop Jarrett of Lismore.

Pugin is best known perhaps for designing Big Ben (now to be renamed the Elizabeth Tower in honour of the Queen) and contribution to the English houses of Parliament.  But his most intriguing legacy, and certainly an absolutely fascinating story, arguably lies in the gifts he sent out with Hobart's first bishop to help set up the diocese, including church designs, vestments, altar vessels and gravestones.

The documentary, which is available on Iview up until next Sunday, is a really fascinating look at the history of those gorgeous Tasmanian churches (as well as some nice glimpses and sounds from a lovely liturgy).


Antonia Romanesca said...

Thanks for such a great coverage of the Mass, Kate. Beautiful pics. You really did justice to the whole topic of Pugin..

Fr Adrian-John said...

Dear Kate,
Big Ben is the bell in the tower - I can't imagine that Pugin designed it!
God bless, Fr Adrian-John M, ofm conv.

Kate Edwards said...

Thanks Father but the wikipedia is on my side! It says:

"Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, and is generally extended to refer to the clock and the clock tower as well."