Cathedral with Star Destroyers

It's Sunday, let's go to church: Constable's "Salisbury Cathedral from the Bishop's Garden" is massively improved by these Star Destroyers, no?

Just some star destroyers shopped into art ( (via Super Punch)


  1. “I wish Darth Vader would come to services in a landspeeder like everyone else. Last year he knocked off the spire. Twice.”

  2. It’s ruined for me by the fact that Star Destroyers aren’t capable of atmospheric flight.

    1. That’s what I was thinking too. These ships hanging “in the air in much the same way that bricks don’t,” make the scene less one of invasion and more one of physical absurdity.

    2. It’s ruined for me by the fact that Star Destroyers aren’t capable of atmospheric flight.

      Well, not twice, at least. *Anything* is capable of atmospheric flight once… :)

  3. It recalls the question higlighted by the US army’s osprey last year

    Is the cathedral’s structure capable of supporting that much weight?

  4. I’m having a 911 flashback since it seems like that destroyer is about to crash into the cathedral.

    1. It would be rather funny if religion was the target for once instead of the aggressor…

  5. I’m reassured to see that, 12 comments in, the two most predictable BB comments have been made. And I totally agree with the second most predictable BB comment: Star Destroyers in an atmosphere?! What’s next, an underwater TIE Fighter?

  6. The cathedral authorities will be really pissed if they knock the weather cock off the top of that spire, it’s a hell of a long way up there to replace it. Doesn’t even have a flashing red light to warn low flying spacecraft.
    Here’s some facts about the cathedral:
    Salisbury Cathedral, formally known as the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is an Anglican cathedral in Salisbury, England, considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture.[1] The main body was completed in only 38 years, from 1220 to 1258.

    The cathedral has the tallest church spire in the United Kingdom (123m/404 ft). Visitors can take the “Tower Tour” where the interior of the hollow spire, with its ancient wood scaffolding, can be viewed. The cathedral also has the largest cloister and the largest cathedral close in Britain (80 acres).[1] The Cathedral contains the world’s oldest working clock (from AD 1386) and has the best surviving of the four original copies of Magna Carta (all four original copies are in England).[1] Although commonly known as Salisbury Cathedral, the official name is the Cathedral of Saint Mary. In 2008, the cathedral celebrated the 750th anniversary of its consecration in 1258.[2]
    Its foundations are only four feet deep, because of the high water table, and it’s built on gravel. Building inspectors would never let them get away with that now.

  7. “…is massively improved by these Star Destroyers, no?”

    I’m pretty conflicted about this. What are they gonna do? Are they just going to destroy the church willy-nilly, without regard to who might be inside? (I mean little kids, fair maidens, stern-but-kind dads, cheeky schoolboys, etc.)? Can’t they just move on to London town and vaporize Scrooge and a bunch of his fellow plutocrats?

    I’m not on board if they are indiscriminate.

    On the other hand… I’m ready for the whole planet to get blown up. I’m sick of this shit.

  8. Knox Presbyterian across from Bakka Phoenix Science fiction books (in Toronto) is now limited by zoning from completing its spire.

    It is also no longer able to ring its bell (except for Doors Open) due to complaints by neighbours.

    The Bell was donated by Sir Mortimer Clark, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario back at time when Knox was considered to be out in the suburbs and church attendance the norm.

    A rare set of handbells however has recently (2011) been acquired by Knox and it is a rare and touching performance when they have them deployed /played en masse (so far about 10 people).

    There are however 56 handbells….just think of it.

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