Cross Of Light

Submitted by Arlon Bayliss

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Client: Christ Lutheran Church

Location: Anderson, IN, United States

Completion date: 2005

Artwork budget: $50,000

Project Team

Artist

Arlon Bayliss

Architect

Dauss Architects

Dauss Architects

Client

Christ Lutheran Church

Overview

"Cross Of Light" is just over nine feet high and is comprised of multi-colored light patterns reflected on to an altar wall. Hidden Xenon light passes through a cross-shaped slot in the wall and bounces off carefully positioned dichroic glass reflectors to form a powerfully radiant cross.

Goals

Initially, the client wanted to commission a cross of glass. The artist asked if he could instead aim at developing a cross of light that used glass to achieve this goal. Glass would play a supportive role and would, as much as possible, visually dissolve in the composition. This concept was warmly received and, after much experimentation, model making, and creative collaboration with the architect, the final project was successfully completed.

Process

Dauss Architects and the artist worked together to design a floating altar wall eight feet in front of the existing wall, its service access platform and rail system for the concealed, aimed light sources.

Additional Information

Since its installation, the “Cross Of Light” has met and exceeded the hopes and needs of the client. Additionally, it consistently attracts non-congregational visitors who make appointments to see this unusual, inspiring, and compelling artwork.