[ by Charles Cameron — two instances of somewhat unexpected balance ]
Here, first, something you’ve already seen — the Maastricht bookstore in a restored church, arguably an instance of word being made flesh:
and the gardens now surrounding the clay court on which the French Open is played:
Marcus Fairs, A shop in a church by Merkx + Girod Architecten Gerald Marzorati, How the French Turned a Tennis Court Into a Garden
I say alchemy because marriages of hard and soft, above and below, word and flesh, have it in common that they bridge significant metaphysical divides — like the fall of the Berlin wall, to take a political equivalent within living memory — and thus perform a healing work.