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All Saints Epitaphs
November 1, 2019 - November 24, 2019
What you see in our St. John’s Courtyard is a collection of epitaphs that represent a portrait of our faith. Each of these ceramic tablets is a testimony found on an actual tombstone. Traveling across the nation, the artist pressed wet slabs of clay directly into memorials or grave markers. These carved memorials were found in deserted fields of the Midwest, blazing hot deserts, tiny ancient churches, snowy graveyards and ancient cathedrals. Each original carved memorial was captured with clay from it’s own region. Spanning over the centuries, these epitaphs are from a variety of nearby and remote locations. Some from 5th century Great Britain, and some from more recent years, found just down the street at St John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
Focusing on the rich culture of our Christian faith, this series began in 1995. This particular iteration has been built for St John’s on All Saints Day, November 1, 2019. You will find images of; angels, birds and hands releasing souls to heaven, lambs and broken buds memorializing the short lives of children, crosses from fallen WW soldiers with their insignias, sorrowful weeping willows, hourglasses marking time, and many crosses celebrating salvation. All of these are epitaphs and testimonies of faith and hope in our Lord.