On time, on budget, and on land

New Zealand's mashriqI live on the continent of Zealandia which is mainly underwater. Years ago, my community considered building an underwater temple. Scuba diving is a big tourist drawcard in New Zealand and the new temple, “Unity in Divers’ City”, would have been a magnificent and prestigious addition to the pantheon of continental Baha’i Houses of Worship. However, the cost, the poor acoustics and losing an entire choir on their first rehearsal, put us off. We settled for a second-hand temple that was intended for the continent of Antarctica and we haven’t looked back.

Rainbow colours for the Arc!

Rainbow Blocks

“Although the pure white marble of surviving Ancient Greek temples appeals to the modern aesthetic, the Parthenon, like all ancient buildings, was at least partly painted, though scholars dispute the extent and the colour scheme. It is known that the internal ceilings were painted a deep blue, and that the statuary groups on the pediments were painted in bright colours. Some scholars believe that the upper parts of the Parthenon were painted bright red and blue, so that the sculptures would stand out in greater relief when seen from below.”
“Parthenon – Decorations”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Fascinating, huh? I reckon the buildings on the Arc would look great painted in rainbow shades!

Rainbow Uniform

Rainbow Team

Top right is a model of the proposed new Centre for the Study of Unity in Diversity.

Think of the benefits! Young folk thinking of doing their year of service at the Baha’i World Centre will really be enticed by photos like this one…

…particularly when the new uniforms arrive.