Esperanza - CODAworx


Submitted by Ryah Christensen

Client: St Austin's Catholic Church

Location: Austin, TX, United States

Completion date: 2023

Artwork budget: $29,944

Project Team

Design discussion

St Austin's Catholic Church

Project Champion

Mark Landers


This 9 x 13′ mosaic dove flies through a portal of light in the side of St Austin’s Catholic Church. In its talons it holds an olive branch. From its heart fly a flock of smaller doves. Behind it, the words “Peace” and “Hope” are written in English, Latin, Hebrew, and Arabic.


St Austin's church wanted to share a message of "peace, hope, and all are welcome" to the community at large.


I met with the church art committee for a period of 6 months and listened to their desires to convey an uplifting, inclusive message to the surrounding community. We talked a lot about spiritual imagery and how best to blend traditional and modern symbolism to convey that message to the largest group possible.

Additional Information

Each tile is hand made porcelain tile.