Culture Emerging from Nature
The colors in this magnet souvenir from United States almost look like they're out of a children's television program. Contrast is a big reason for this. Just take a look at the all too true blue in the background as it sets the mood for the contents of this image. Even if you think about it as being a primary color that gives way to the secondary color of the earth tone of the classically constructed building. There does seem to be a kind of theme about the emergence of culture from nature. This notion is accentuated by the green tree that sneaks into the frame on the right hand side.
It is almost like the chapel has a personality of its own that is quite admirable; its simple geometry is in large part to thank for this. Like abstract art paintings they invite the viewer to project themselves onto what they are seeing.
San Miguel Chapel in Focus
The Spanish Catholic church created a circuit of missions all over the Northern border of the Spanish Empire which served to disseminate the Catholic faith among the Native peoples of the Americans. San Miguel Mission is just one of these constructions. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the chapel was built in the early Seventeenth century. The church's distinctive features include its walls made of adobe and the statue of Saint Michel made of wood that stands in the front yard.
The church was renovated several times, specially when it was damaged in 1689. At that time, the Indians rebelled against the Spanish colonizers and the church, as they rejected the religious education given to them. Afterwards, the church underwent several other reconstructions and other sections were added. Today, it is a National Historic Landmark. If interested in New Mexico history, this is a great travel souvenir to take back home.