Monday, May 5, 2014

Ogden LDS Temple -- The Background Paradox

Many artists do not seem to favor the background of the Ogden Temple -- the original version, or even the new structure.
I saw one of the new Ogden Temple paintings for sale already in stores today (May 5) and it has changed the temple's background dramatically -- and to absolutely pure fiction.
The painting has the new temple sitting right by the Wasatch Mountains and with tall trees all around it -- instead of it sitting in downtown Ogden -- in an urban setting -- that's really the actual background.
This is one of several paintings I've seen over the years, where the different artists prefer a different background setting for Ogden's Temple, including the original version of the Temple.
The Ogden Temple could have been built originally on the mountainside (like the Provo Temple) and such paintings are proving that point ... though it's not like its actual location is really going to ever change.
Historically, Church leaders did plan at first that the Ogden Temple was to be built just south of today's Weber State University Campus.
Then, downtown Ogden business leaders pleaded for the Church to reconsider and to build the Temple downtown, on the Tabernacle site, to help revitalize the area.
Just inspect various paintings of the Provo and Salt Lake Temples and you will discover that their backgrounds are altered only slightly in their many artistic renditions.

     Copy of a drawing by Keith Wilcox of the original Ogden Temple, set far closer to the mountains.

It seems it is ONLY the Ogden Temple where the landscape changes so drastically.
So, there's the paradox. Unlike the Provo or Bountiful temples, where they sit on a lofty mountainside with scenic backgrounds, the Ogden Temple lacks that.
On the other hand, the Ogden Temple sits in the center of town, among the central business district -- and has thus become a part of that city center, something the Provo or Bountiful temples lack.
--If you want to see the new Ogden painting, cut and paste this link and go to:

NOTE: This article and all of the NighUntoKolob blog are NOT an official website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are the author's conclusions and opinions only.

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