Baptismal Font

Submitted by Kaviar Forge

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Client: St. Michael’s Church

Location: Louisville, KY, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $38,000

Project Team

Architect

JRA Inc.

Artist

Craig Kaviar

Kaviar Forge

Overview

The boulder was found at the site where the church was originally built, and the patina of the copper set to complement the stone, as though growing from the earth around the boulder, symbolic of the rock the Christian church was founded upon. In addition to the font there are four holy water containers with slumped glass.

Goals

St. Michael’s Church is on the edge of a forested area. The rapidly growing congregation sought to reflect the surrounding nature within the indoor sanctuary. We collectively chose a copper base held up with branches, flowing into the basin below.

Process

I worked with an architect, priest, and members of congregation to determine the design. I also created accompanying holy water fonts at the church entrances.