Thursday, October 20, 2011

Salt Cathedrals

My first story "Evolution" takes place mainly on Sheba, an ore rich moon that has been split in half by a cataclysmic event. The rugged miners who pull the Iridium ore up to the surface have created a chapel 30 km below the surface called New St. Kinga’s.
The chapel was inspired by real world locations found in salt mines around the world. St. Kinga is the patron saint of salt miners, and there are hand carved chapels dedicated to her in Poland and Columbia. These churches were all lovingly crafted from salt as places of refuge and devotion for miners.
Pictured below are the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, Columbia, the Bochnia Salt Mine and the Wielicza Salt Mine of Poland. Click on the name of each for more information.

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