The above photo was taken in Leak Chapel at West Market Street United Methodist Church. This comforting chapel is accessed most easily from the side street off of Market- John Wesley Way. The centerpiece of the chapel is the round tapestry, A Sacred Story. The design was created by Catherine Kapikian and was funded by Olivia Burwell. The piece was fabricated by members and friends of West Market Street United Street Church and dedicated six years ago on April 9, 2006.
The square, symmetrical crosses, along the side of each wall, lead the eye right to the beautiful circle of cloth. Each time you look at it, you will find a bit more symbolism and more complex patterns. At first, the eye is drawn to the color, the crescent moon, and the contrast between the light and dark colors. Soon, the eye sees the negative space, the white, that also holds crosses, circles (of life) and crescent moons. The day we were at the chapel for a funeral, the tapestry formed the perfect backdrop for bringing closure to our friend's long, full life.
Happy Sunday everyone.