Client: Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church
Location: Sun Prairie, WI, United States
Completion date: 2012
Artwork budget: $2,400
Kent Williams Designs
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church
The client, a Catholic church in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, was looking for an art piece to hang on the wall next to the narrow stairway leading from its main sanctuary to the choir loft. The piece would be mostly seen by the choir itself and was considered a gift to the choir for its contribution to the church's mission.
The artistic goal was to honor the choir. The design challenge was to occupy the wall in a meaningful way, given that the stairway undergoes two right-angle turns.
"Lift Your Voices" is a 12-panel piece that, with its series of tripartite columns, evokes piano keyboards, organ pipes, musical staffs--all the elements that go into producing a rich, harmonious sound. The individual panels can be thought of as voices or instruments, the musical line rising and falling (but mostly rising) across the breadth of the wall.