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Hidden torii

Transition from the profane to the sacred

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, par cyriaque ambroise

A photographs collection of “hidden” torii discovered during my urban wanderings.

 

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Hidden torii #3
Transition from the profane to the sacred
Paris, France | March 2019

Torii (traditional Japanese gate) discovered at Châtelet les Halles station, the major train hub in the centre of medieval Paris. A concrete arch as a separation between the physical and the spiritual world. A symbolic entrance between undergrounds lines and shopping mall.

 

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Hidden torii #2
Transition from the profane to the sacred
London, UK | March 2018

Torii (traditional Japanese gate) discovered at the Barbican Estate, the London temple of brutalist architecture typical of the 1970s. A concrete arch as a separation between the physical and the spiritual world. A symbolic entrance between the hustle and bustle of the city and the calm of the Barbican Center.

 

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Hidden torii #1
Transition from the profane to the sacred
Vancouver, Canada | September 2017

Torii (traditional Japanese gate) discovered in the University of British Columbia campus. The Museum of Anthropology, concrete arches as a separation between the physical and the spiritual world. A symbolic entrance between First Nation cultural heritage and the surrounding wild nature.