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The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Award: Wood Pencil

Wood Pencil / Environmental Design / Public Space & Community / 2009

The Cathedral of Christ the Light’s design of sacred elements includes product and furniture design, typography, and environmental graphic design. Our objective was to celebrate the 2,000-year-old liturgical traditions of the Catholic faith, but position the symbolic meaning of these elements within contemporary culture to communicate an inclusive statement of welcome, solace and renewal. The design implements technology to create continuity from the past to the 21st Century. A 12th Century image of Christ is transformed through 94,000 perforations lasercut into a dia-grid of panels. The great doors are inscribed with adjoining circles forming the ancient vesica piscis symbol. And the surface texture on custom door-pulls forms a topographic map of the spiralling 13th Century Fibonacci sequence.

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