Portal Cathedral has always made me think of some old pulp movie with dodgy superimposed special effects, where at the end, the helpless maiden is bound over some well with this warping fiery pattern beneath her, obviously not really there. Our rugged peplum hero comes and saves her first, but the portal always seemed more interesting to me.
It’s also somewhat reminiscent of the Guardian of Forever, the time travel portal in Star Trek that got used for an animated episode that JJ Abrams later ripped off for his movie.
What I’m always curious about is the origin of these types of things. What comes first – the portal or the cathedral?
I mean, on one hand, you’ve got a group of primitive settlers and they find a big crazy portal somewhere and decide to settle around it and build a temple around it, maybe to worship the thing, maybe to try to draw power from it, maybe to protect others from it. That’s cool.
On the other hand, you’ve got a sorcerer or a technomancer of some sort who commissions a cathedral and then performs some sort of ritual or magic science and opens up a portal for some reason. That can be pretty cool too.
In the end it just depends on what kind of story you want to tell. However, I do not recommend trying to go through this abstract art yourself. Here’s the full resolution detail, though:
Here’s a photo of me holding Portal Cathedral as an aluminum metal print. The bright colors and contrasting hues look incredible in person.