St. Therese de Lisieux - Uniontown, PA
|Organ Casework and Console for A.E. Sterner Organbuilders|
This organ case, built completely by R.A. Colby, fills the reredos wall, frames the Crucifixion, and is divided into three distinct areas. The central feature is the Crucifixion. Colby artisans, using cutting edge digital scanning and centuries old hand carving techniques, transformed twelve hundred board feet of solid Basswood into the ten foot tall Corpus. The Crucifixion is surrounded by a central Vesica Piscis. This traditional symbol represents an aurora, or halo of light, emanating from the figure and features heavily in much of the Church’s existing artwork.
A series of clay-tiled walls unfold around the Crucifixion, representing the people and inscribed with radiating lines of inspiration emanating from the figure of Christ. Tying these walls together is the branching embrace of wooden bands which represent The Church, its origin in Christ and its unifying of the people.
Above the walls is a field of blue that represents the sky and, more abstractly, the promise of Heaven and the beauty of this Earth we have been given. The Crucifixion spans Earth and Heaven, building a bridge between the two.
The figures of Mary and Joseph are set into faceted Red Oak niches and surrounded by another representation of the Vesica Piscis, here with a graduated color scheme which echoes both the Ascension and the Eucharistic Chapel’s motifs.
The furniture and Organ Console, custom designed and built for this installation, expand on the themes and detail prevalent in the church interior and blend function and aesthetic value in a way that serves to subtly tie the sanctuary together into a unified whole.
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