Mother of the Universe Sculpture
In the Marian Sculpture, “Mother of the Universe,” Mary is portrayed not as the young, blonde virgin of European art, but as a mature, multi-racial woman, a universal mother figure with big strong working-woman hands that reach out to help and point to the Christ. The spiral in her womb symbolizes Christ the Incarnate Word of God, “through whom the universe was made,” as stated in St. John’s Gospel Prologue. (We also know from modern physics that the spiral is a basic energy pattern of the universe, from the great spiral nebulae, down to our own DNA.)
“Mother of the Universe” is a 3-dimensional piece with 3 panels: the split back panels portray the mandala, or glory rays around her, reminiscent of the Guadalupe mandala; her image is then laser-etched on the back of the front panel. The stars painted on the walls and ceiling and in her cloak represent the constellations of our universe as we see them in December, when we celebrate the Incarnation of the Word at Christmas. The artist is Claire M. Wing, nationally known liturgical glass artist.
[Photograph courtesy of Jeremy Ruzich- Used by Permission]
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