Shall We Gather

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Client: Blacksburg Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church

Location: Blacksburg, VA, United States

Completion date: 2006

Artwork budget: $4,000

Project Team

Client

Blacksburg Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church

Blacksburg Lutheran Memorial Lutheran Church

Artist

Darcy Meeker

Darcy Meeker Sculpture

Overview

Shall We Gather sits in the receiving hall of the Blacksburg Lutheran Memorial Church, a gathering before and after the service. The piece spans 36 feet and is about 12 feet tall stretching across a large brick surface that had become an interior wall after the construction of an addition.

Goals

Darcy was contacted to create a piece to make the brick wall, that was now central to the church's greeting space, welcoming. The church had a limited budget for the work so the design became elongated. In this way the piece filled the space but did not use a massive amount of material. The colors used are selected to make the piece especially welcoming and calming. This piece of public art creates a lovely space for parishioners to gather themselves before they gather with the congregation.

Process

Darcy designed and created the work working closely with a church board member that was the art department head at Virginia Tech University.