|This image may remind you of a working cobblestone alleyway
in the historic district of some city. Instead it's
a view down one of the narrower "streets" inside Recoleta.
This particular bank of crypts are older, less elaborate,
the walkway is narrow and there are archiing tree branches
shading the foreground. But the entire place is organized
like this with almost not space wasted. Almost all the
crypts butt right up against neighboring crypts on both sides
like so many rowhouses.
|I included this image to show the scale of buildings families
put up to honor their loved ones. The powerlines in the
foreground give you a sense of how tall is is.
|Personal pyramid as permanent post-mortem placeholder, perfect!
Silly remarks aside, this crypt was charming, if that's
a word you can use to describe a building housing dead bodies?
The exaggerated angles of the triangular walls, required to
fit the structure into the footprint allowed, result in a
silloutte that suggests a pointed cone-shaped hat at much as a
classic Egyptian pyramid. That play on the form combined with
the beautiful mottled surface color of the building and corner
location make this monument stand out from it's neighbors.
|This monument wasn't as garish and detailed as most in the
cemetery, but it's got great style. While most of the others
use just about every centimeter of space on, and above, their
plot of land, this one makes the empty air around the
obilisk an important part of the piece. The huge bird perched
atop the tower seems to be testing the wind rising up from
below. And the palm tree
climbing up towards the sky mirrors the wings above it and
collect the sunlight pouring down.