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The design of the Sanctuary is based on historical architecture. Its gothic arches symbolize protective havens in which people throughout the ages have gathered to seek inspiration and hope. The two sides and center panel form a 'triptych' - traditionally, a work of art in three panels. The pieces are constructed of wood, hand-painted and sanded for a distinctive finish. Rusted nail holes provide a decorative linear element, and are a metaphor foretelling the crucifixion. The Sanctuary is designed to display the Willow Tree Christmas Story Figurines.
Size: 24" H
Artist: Susan Lordi
Material: Pine Wood
- Height: 24"
About the Author
Willow Tree is an intimate, personal line of figurative sculptures representing qualities and sentiments that help us feel close to others, heal wounds, or treasure relationships. Susan Lordi carves each original piece with this thought in mind. Her figures continue to evolve as she identifies emotions so important for us to convey, and renders them in simple, pure gestures. These art forms beautifully express love, closeness, healing, courage, hope… all the emotions of a life well lived.
The name Willow Tree was chosen to symbolize that which is gestural and beckoning. The figures are columnar in design, like a tree, and often carry natural objects or animals as metaphors for human virtues or qualities… rosemary for remembrance, a bird for healing, flowers for beauty.
The sculptures are rendered so as to suggest elegance, simplicity, peace and serenity. Forms reveal their expressions through body gestures only… a tilt of the head, placement of the hands, a turn of the body. Emotions are left to the viewer to discern, which makes them personal and powerful. Willow Tree is an understated line that speaks in a compelling way.
by Karen - reviewed on November 12, 2007
I love this! I think that it is gorgeous! I would leave Mary up all year round. The price is great for such a beautiful piece. I love the Creche. I love it! Willow tree is not my favorite but I like this one.
Beautiful depiction of the Savior's birth
by Customer - reviewed on October 26, 2008
We bought this last Christmas, and left it up all year long. It's such a beautiful reminder of our Savior and His birth.