I have realized lately just how much I love logos and icons. I love how something so simple can suggest something with such greater depth and meaning.
I had a great theater professor once who always talked about getting to the essential meaning of whatever you were working on. You start with a bunch of words, actions, sounds, sketches, etc...and whittle away until you have only the things you need - the essence.
I wrote a couple weeks ago about a new class I was taking - Theology and the Artistic Impulse. The class finished this weekend with an exhibition of our final projects.
My piece, entitled These Three Things, centers around three icons I created for the words "faith," "hope," and "love." When I thought about those three words, I kept seeing water and light, and wanted to create something functional, clean, and iconic. The result was a chandelier constructed with water bottles.
While it isn't entirely complete (I'll be adding more bottles to it in the coming weeks), below is the process from initial sketch to the semi-finished product now hanging in the Mars Hill library.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."these three things
1 Corinthians 13:13
plastic bottles, metal rods, light fixtures, tape