Juxtaposition: (noun) – an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
Please excuse my logophilia, but I do tend to nerd out over the meaning of words. You can discover (and rediscover) a lot about something by simply visiting the ol’ dictionary. Many times have I been enlightened by the true meaning of a word, versus what I’ve always thought a word to mean. Nerdy, I know. 🙂
Juxtaposition is the word that came to mind when I took this picture last May, of the Trinity Church in Boston:
|Trinity Church, Boston May 2010|
I loved the way this beautiful, ornate church stands in stark contrast to the no-frills glass skyscraper behind it.
Trinity Church was founded in 1733. For all you history buffs out there, that’s like, before our country was even a country.
The church stands in front of the Hancock Tower, which was completed in 1976. Again, for you history buffs, that’s like, after I was born.
I have always been drawn to the idea of something old being mixed in with something new. Dressing up a new jacket with an antique brooch (preferably handed down to you from a relative), a remixed song (think Pomplemoose singing Michael Jackson’s Beat It), and one’s home being an amalgam of things collected over years of living.
I think this is why I like to travel so much: seeing things that have character – buildings that are not homogenous, lush parks interspersed throughout an urban landscape, interesting privately-owned shops around every corner.
I’m not going to turn this into a SuburbaPhobe rant, but those are the things the “everything-is-brand-new-with-a-starbucks-on-every-corner” city I live in lacks.
And that is why I travel more than anyone else I know.