Apparently he took a cue from the Rothko Chapel display in Houston, TX. Needless to say our visit with three little kids in tow, was short and weirdly mystifying.
Mark Rothko, born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz, was an American abstract painter of Latvian Jewish descent. He is best known for his color field paintings that depicted irregular and painterly rectangular regions of color, which he produced from 1949 to 1970. WikipediaBorn: September 25, 1903, LatviaDied: February 25, 1970, New York, NY
Fourteen of Rothko’s paintings are displayed in the chapel. Three walls display triptychs, while the other five walls display single paintings. Beginning in 1964, Rothko began painting a series of black paintings, which incorporated other dark hues and texture effects. A typical question raised by visitors viewing the massive black canvases which adorn the walls of the chapel includes some variant of: “Where are the paintings?”