Saturday, October 11, 2014

Co|So Exhibitions :: Beauty of Burma by Doug Adams

The Copley Society is proud to present Beauty of Burma, a collection of photographs by Doug Adams at Boston Private Bank in the Prudential Center. Doug’s work takes the viewer on an international journey, exploring the incredible architecture of Southeast Asia’s Myanmar.  His photographs capture the meditative beauty and peaceful serenity of Bagan temples at their most spectacular moments. 

Doug Adams, Temples at Sunrise (Burma), 28 x 18, photograph.

The exhibition provides insight into the area’s history and the magnificence of modern day Myanmar.  Over 4,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed across the ancient Pagan Empire’s capital city, Bagan, between the 11th and 13th centuries.  Today, roughly half of these structures still stand, making the city a world-renowned pilgrimage and spiritual tourism destination.

Doug Adams, Burma Sunset, 29 x 22 1/2, photograph.

Doug’s Burma Sunset offers a look into the challenges of building in Bagan, which is located in the “dry zone” of Burma: a desert-like area characterized by high temperatures, little rainfall and high winds.  Over time, these winds have eroded the elaborate stucco and wood designs that once adorned the region’s religious relics.  The image artfully captures the aridity of Bagan, punctuated with the spiritual oasis of temple architecture. 

Doug Adams, Bagan Sunrise, 26 x 36, photograph.

The stunning piece Bagan Sunrise displays the majesty and ethereal qualities of Burma.  The sun illuminates the misty morning fog, creating a cloud-like tapestry through which holy temples and bonsai trees emerge to greet the new day.  Adding to the spectacle, hot air balloons metaphorically mirror the viewer’s enlightening experience as they float through the air.

Come join us in the Prudential Center and allow yourself to experience the spiritual and architectural beauty of Myanmar. The exhibit will run through November 1, 2014, and can be viewed online here. We look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon!

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