Nature’s Graces

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February 4, 2009
Originally published in In Its Element

With the lightness and imagination of origami and the mathematical exactitude of digital design, this open-air chapel invites all creatures into its folds.

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  Visitors to the chapel have compared it to a Japanese warrior helmet and the early construction phases of a wooden ship.
    Visitors to the chapel have compared it to a Japanese warrior helmet and the early construction phases of a wooden ship.
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  The soft exterior of the rough-hewn cedar peels away from the planks in places, hanging free like Spanish moss.
    The soft exterior of the rough-hewn cedar peels away from the planks in places, hanging free like Spanish moss.
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  Legge says he finds new ways of looking at the structure each time he visits it. “When the sun goes down in summer,” he says, “the light through the wood sets the whole thing on fire.”
    Legge says he finds new ways of looking at the structure each time he visits it. “When the sun goes down in summer,” he says, “the light through the wood sets the whole thing on fire.”
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