Proposed Layout for St. Croix painting

This is a proposal to provide structure for the variety of themes in the St. Croix Lutheran High School painting project.  The central panel addresses core concepts of Christianity.

A double image is made by placing Jesus' crucified body on a stylized Theta (Like an "o" with a horizontal line through the center) symbol.  Christian art in the middle ages would often depict Jesus' seated on a Theta symbol (see below) in images of the Resurrection or Last Judgement as symbol of his deity.  My design refers to Jesus' dual nature of God and Man as well as his acts of submission to and victory over death.

The central panel also has references to the sacraments.  Stylized wheat stalks radiate behind Jesus and a grape vine grows above, perhaps from, him.  The wheat reminds one of the bread in the Lord's Supper as well as Jesus as the Bread of Life.  It can also remind one of the "Harvest" of evangelism.  The grape vine also provides multiple symbols from scripture.  Grapes symbolize the origin of the wine in the Lord's Supper.  Jesus encourages Christians to remain connected to God through Him when he said, "I am the vine, you are the branches."  We also see the vine spreading and bearing fruit in the other realms of this artwork.  This reminds us that there a opportunities to bear fruits of faith in all aspects of life.  Water at the bottom of the central panel refers to Baptism, the washing of rebirth, and Jesus' statement that, "whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Concentric circles begin in the central panel and radiate out to other panels.  This provides a symbolic as well as practical solution.  The symbolism is similar to the repeating vine imagery.  What begins in Christ continues and spreads like ripples in water.  The practical aspect of the radiating circles is that it provides divisions and structure for different aspects of the St. Croix High School experience.

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