“But to receive the sun, one must first have dwelt for a long while in its thrice-blessed courts. One must have gone to meet it for a while, must have long been its student. As to bad monuments, the sun has nothing to say to bad artists whom the open air of the work yards has not prepared with understanding.
Is it possible that everyone is oblivious to, or mistakes, the sun’s gifts? Does it not present the universe with majesty, making everything perceptible and living? Does it not inspire the poet, whether famous or obscure? The sun is responsible for the prosperity of the farmers, the joy of animals, the fertility of the land; and man’s thoughts perhaps have their hearth in its light and warmth. For a long time man believed he saw God’s truth blazing in its fires, and God wishes us to adore the sun. When it shines, the earth is modelled according to its divine flame.
Thus it is allowed, and, by patience and diligence, it is possible, to understand and feel the geometry of light. In this spirit tastes response in silence, drawing forth from it a new energy and generosity.”
– Auguste Rodin, ‘The Cathedrals of France’
thanks to Jake Murray for the article