photos by Styrous®
Today is Christmas day. This is the last of my series of articles on the closing event of the old Berkeley Art Museum building that happened on Sunday, December 21, the Winter Solstice. The solstice marks the turning point in Time, Nature and Life when the old gives way to the new. The days that have been getting shorter day by day will begin to get longer again and life will eventually regenerate itself.
The winter solstice itself lasts only a moment in time, so other terms are used for the day on which it occurs, such as "midwinter", the "shortest day" or the "longest night". It is often considered the "extreme of winter" (Dongzhi in the Chinese calendar), although in meteorology, winter spans the entire period of December through February.
As the Winter Solstice lasts but a moment in time, so did the Museum Building, a brief 44 years. In the time scale of the life of the Universe, or even the Earth, it is a blink of an eye; it is even shorter than the nanosecond it takes to think about the blink. So, on that last night at the BAM, I took my last look at the beautiful structure that was the Berkeley Art Museum and remembered the many good times I'd experienced there.
Adios, mi Amigo
Styrous® ~ Thursday, December 25, 2014