By Henry Plummer
Shaker constructions have lengthy been favourite for his or her simplicity of layout and durable craftsmanship, with shape consistently following functionality. through the years, their particular actual features have invited as a lot learn as imitation. Their fresh, unadorned strains were acknowledged to mirror middle Shaker ideals corresponding to honesty, integrity, purity, and perfection. during this publication, Henry Plummer specializes in using usual gentle in Shaker structure, noting that Shaker developers manipulated gentle not just for sensible purposes of illumination but in addition to sculpt a intentionally non secular, visible presence inside of their area. Stillness and lightweight celebrates this subtly attractive element of Shaker innovation and building, captured in additional than a hundred wonderful photos.
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This reverberation, suggestive of the rise and fall of a fugue or chant, in a visual incantation, whose simple waves could instantly soothe is especially pronounced in the Shaker meetinghouse, whose windows mind and soul, and invoke a faintly mystical spell. shed a mesmerizing pulse of energy. Alternating rays of light echo into 36 Rhythms of Sun and Shadow, White and Blue Meetinghouse Sabbathday Lake, Maine Meetingroom Meetinghouse Sabbathday Lake, Maine ConCentriC tonalities 38 The parallel realms of space characteristic of Shaker dwellings pro- consistently drawing attention back to an invisible centerline.
First to emerge is an attic skylight whose brilliance, as empty sky—suggesting a doorway onto the heavens. well as emanation, perceptually centers the room beneath. This mod- 44 Cracks of Light in Twin Staircase Center Family Dwelling House Pleasant Hill, Kentucky Attic Skylight at Top of Twin Stair Center Family Dwelling House Pleasant Hill, Kentucky Below. Dormer-Skylight above Poplar Drawers Center Family Dwelling House Pleasant Hill, Kentucky 46 Facing.
Entrance Hall Ministry Shop (1839, remodeled 1875) Sabbathday Lake, Maine Attached Outhouse Ministry Shop Sabbathday Lake, Maine 22 Wood Knobs and Drawer Pulls Ministry Shop Sabbathday Lake, Maine 23 BetWeen Wood & Plaster A harmonious blending of heaven and earth was achieved by a Shaker extends up into peg rails, and a partial sheathing of walls, elaborated palette reduced, often, to two very simple materials—white plaster at times into long banks of built-in cabinets and drawers stretching above, and plain woodwork below—so that dwelling occurred in- to the ceiling, whose continuous relief is brought alive by raking light between, linked to both of these realms.
Stillness and Light: The Silent Eloquence of Shaker Architecture by Henry Plummer