INFINITE HOPE Jesus Christ Sculpture on Display for Grand Rapids Michigan ART PRIZE September 23-October 10
I am very exicited to be participating in the Grand Rapids Michigan ART PRIZE contest! It was open to artists worldwide and $500,000 in cash is being awarded to the top 10 pieces of art. Winners will be determined by public popularity vote. And the top 3 winners will be on permanent display in the city of Grand Rapids. This is the very first year of the contest and about 1200 artists were able to fins spaces to display their art throughtout the city. My piece is on display in a wonderful, beautiful gallery called OPEN CONCEPT GALLERY (50 Louis St NW 6th floor, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2680 (616) 233-9722).
"Infinite Hope" is my biggest project to date! It is a sculpture I made primarily of wood, foam and crystals. Through research, I learned that Jesus was 5'3' tall (which made him actually a tall Jewish man at that time). I used cooper tubing to make his 5'3'' skeleton and then built from there. After sealing the sculpture, I utilized a metallic paint to give Jesus a metal look (thus avoiding the weight of a metal sculpture- while achieving the look I desired). The actual sculpting portion of this work took 4 1/2 months to complete. I then spent the past 10 months encrusting Jesus with almost 250,000 Swarovski crystals (four different types of Swarovski crystals were used). To me the brilliance of the crystalized Jesus symbolizes all
of the hope religion and my faith bring to me.
"Infinite Hope" started as my way of expressing what faith and religion mean to me. Over the past several years I have witnessed how religion has often been misused to separate and divide people. Throughout history, countries have fought countless wars that were based on the
inability to accept others' faith and differences.
I am a simple person with simple beliefs. I don't think religion should be about exclusion- I believe all religions should be based on unconditional love and learning to understand and co-exist with all of our neighbors (even when their beliefs vary significantly from our own). It should not matter what anyone's particular faith is- in my simple way of thinking, my "religion" gives me
INFINITE HOPE in this life and in the after-life.
If you are in Grand Rapids in the coming weeks, check out the show, (and vote for me, if you love the piece!) The show is going to be quite amazing and sure to grow in leaps and bounds in coming years! I was very lucky to get in this first year!
T-shirts NOW AVAILABLE!
Style 1 Mini Cross Style 2 Full Cross
By popular demand, I have been asked to create Jesus T-Shirts using photos of my art!
I have created 2 different styles, using 2 different images. I have all sizes.
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Body Measurements (in inches)
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Chest 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52
Body Length 27 29 30 31 31.5
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