Creation Sculptures for Washington National Cathedral
saw Ex Nihilo (Out of Nothingness), the center portal arch, as a
single expression of Creation,
as the metamorphosis of divine spirit and energy.
The figures emerge from the
nothingness of chaos, caught in the moment of eternal
transformation - the majesty and mystery of divine force in a state of
Everyman, pulled from the waters of baptism, concrete and universal, led
by the fire of day by night, and the cloud of night by day - triumphing
over the powers of darkness -
emergent radiant in light.
of Day was designed
around the sun, suggestive of active power, of the sweep of change and
motion - the emergence of light from darkness.
of Night was
designed around the moon and planets, suggesting the elusive, the
transcendent, the contemplative - the unseen and unknown.
Peter and Saint
Paul are both depicted at the precise moments of their conversions.
with his fishnet over his shoulder, when Jesus called him to be a
“fisher of men,” is placed beneath the tympanum that represents day -
having seen the “light,” as it were.
is underneath the tympanum that represents night - temporarily blinded
at the time of his conversion on the road to Damascus, blind and
yet spiritually awakened.
- Frederick E. Hart