The Canticle of the Sun

Submitted by Markian Olynyk

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Client: OSF St. Francis Children's Hospital of Illinois

Location: Peoria, USA

Completion date: 2010

Project Team

Art Consultant

Blythe Lee

Health Environment Art Services

Artist

Markian Olynyk

Markian Olynyk

Overview

The “Canticle of the Sun”, a hymn by St. Francis of Assisi, provided the inspiration for this lobby sculpture. The random but symmetrical layout encourages viewing of each panel individually. Tallest panel is 9 feet high.

Goals

Imagery includes the San Damiano Crucifix, hands of God and Adam, flowers, cave of St. Francis, birds, lamb and rabbit footprints, feathers, sandals, sun, moon and stars, the Franciscan cord with knots and selected passages from the Canticle. The random but symmetrical layout encourages viewing of each panel individually. Inspiration for the base came from the symbol for Tau, letter of the Greek alphabet that reminded St. Francis of the Cross of Christ.

Process

Relevant aspects of the hymn and the life of St. Francis were established through detailed conversations with the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis and the art consultant.