Sunday, June 22, 2014

Photo Essay: Mountain View Mausoleum, Day into Night

I'd gone to scout out the Mountain View Mausoleum in Altadena during the day for an upcoming nighttime event...



...but the place is so massive, I hadn't nearly seen it all.



So when I returned to set up for the evening's festivities, I snapped a few quick shots...



...in the waning light of day...



...to capture as much of the illuminated stained glass windows as I could...



...before night fell and rendered them black.



It was the summer solstice, but even on the longest day of the year, daylight must give way to night.



So, with just enough time for a quick gin cocktail...



...I made one last lap through the New Radiance Corridor...



...and down to the front hall as guests started to arrive...



...the colors of the front rose window slowly dimming.



As a special treat, we were joined by Judson Studios, who designed, fabricated, and/or installed much of the stained glass at Mountain View.



They showed us glass cutting and painting techniques that date back to the Middle Ages, a demonstration I'd caught at The Getty a few months ago but was eager to see again.



It was haunting there, on the rare occasion to be able to visit at night, outside of its normal public viewing hours. But the darkness that advanced, and the stillness that creeped through the crypts, were no match for the family of bats that flapped and swooped up towards the beams, high above our heads.

Related Posts:
Photo Essay: Mountain View Mausoleum, Daytime
Photo Essay: Judson's Historic Glass Studio