On Sunday the Triptych , finally finished and assembled, was dedicated to St. John’s United Church during the morning service. It was exciting to see it all put together for the first time, and to see people’s reactions.
Members of the congregation getting a closer look.
I spoke during the service but felt less than eloquent. This is when, I guess, you hope the work speaks for itself! As always though, I found that while putting together some words, I formulated ideas and ways of looking that I hadn’t quite synthesized before. I kept returning to the idea of “the journey”. First, there is the literal journey the congregation made from the old church building to the conservatory. Then the metaphorical “big journey” we are all on, the changes that are happening, the transitions we are going through. The feelings of uncertainties that we handle by looking behind us to see where we’ve come from, and forging ahead. And of course the journey of the triptych itself; starting from a vague idea, going through the process of building and creating, the group coming to know each other as we went, each person discovering a bit about themselves along the way. Well, maybe I shouldn’t speak for others, but I definitely learned some things!
In the very early stages of the triptych when we were beginning to work on the layout, we stretched a pieces of string diagonally across all three panels to act as a guide in creating a sense of flow. How we fussed about with that string and placement of figures! It was hard to believe it would ever amount to much. But the end result when you look at it now, if I may say so, is a beautiful sense of direction and movement. A sense of the journey.