|Buddhapadipa Temple & St Mary's Church & Garden Hall (London Open House Saturday)
||[Sep. 21st, 2016|05:49 pm]
Saturday 17 September : London Open House (Merton /Wandsworth)Buddhapadipa Temple & St Mary's Church & Garden Hall
What I love with open house is discovering new section of London. On Saturday we mostly explored around the Wimbledon/Wandsworth area.
Our journey started in Wimbledon park (what a lovely residential area) passed a lovely Artesian Well (1798) later converted into a house (1975). Our first visit was St Mary's Church & Garden Hall , a Grade II listed church by Gilbert Scott. A very lovely ceiling but not so sure about the modern Riba winning Garden Hall, just a glass box to me. The graveyard had a fantastic pyramid monument.
entry to St Mary Church
love that grave
the garden hall
The Buddhapadipa Temple , OMG I think the highlight of this year open house. I was expecting a nice shiny Buddhist Theravada Temple instead I got that, and some unexpected modern additions (Built in 1982) Some sections would make most beautiful album covers, most surreal are the nuclear missile amongst the demons and a two-headed robotic Gaddafi, there’s a punk in heaven and Vincent Van Gogh upside down and even a the Mona Lisa. Hell looks like it was design by Giger…add to this all the beautiful buddhas, gilded decors, classical murals , monk quarters, tranquil lake and zen gardens it was just one of the most surprising visit .
looks normal outside
then you start to notice
rockets and gaddafi
love those so modern in many ways
loved the light switch..must do it at home
the eyes above entry door
those so fab abstract gory
what a mixture
where the monks live