This evening at the Vatican, a wonderful light show illuminated the facade of St. Peter's.
Oddly enough, Fr. Z and some of his readers found it sacrilegious. Such holographic light shows are wonderful examples of contemporary visual art which often take for its canvas the great facades of historic buildings. It is very common in Europe and larger cities, such as NYC where several displays have been projected upon the facades of landmark buildings. The technology is also used to create backdrop for theatrical performances and concerts. All sorts of themes can be digitally displayed on just about any surface.
From what I understand, the light show was a gift to the Holy Father on the occasion of the opening of the Holy Year and to coincide with the climate change summit in Paris.
The initiative, featuring images by National Geographic and well-known photographers including Sebastiao Salgado, is similar to ones that used the U.N. headquarters and the Empire State Building in New York as backdrops. - SourceAt least one reader at WDTPRS understood the event, and left the following comment:
To each his own, of course, but I especially like public art events like this.
I'm not trying to defend the Pope or engage in a dispute over the subject, but I see nothing wrong with the light show and certainly agree that it is a sort of 21st century version of not a few frescoes which embellish halls and corridors, chapels and chambers, facades and doorways in the Vatican.