Visualizing God’s Creation Gifts in Sculpture

What creation symbols remind us of God’s generosity and care? I found out in the Creation Garden of the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit.  We stopped there on a bike tour of the city and I followed along in a prayer-book as I observed seven gifts from the Creator each represented in a unique way. This sun-dial represents the gift of the sun. We feel its warmth and it invigorates us. Light brings each day, an opportunity to work, create, relate and contribute. 

The wind chimes remind us of the gift of the wind.  Its gusts blow away the old and lifeless and sweep us in new directions. 

Metal is twisted to create a flame that makes us grateful for the gift of fire. Heat melts our rigidity and makes us open. Its energy ignites new perspectives and kindles compassion.

The moon reflects light and prompts us to rest each night. The moon is constantly changing. It shifts through phases reminding us that our lives go through phases too and our lives are continually changing as well. This Asian sculpture with words from the Koran is the symbol for water. Water refreshes our bodies and spirits. Sister Earth prompts us to be thankful for the rich black soil beneath our feet and all the resources we have been given.

Sister Death may seem a strange gift but it is our final threshold and represents a new beginning.  It reminds us of the people who have already passed through the gateway of death, people whose lives were true gifts to us.

I’d like to go back to the Creation Garden sometime on my own, when I have lots of time to walk slowly and take plenty of time to pause in front of each sculpture, think about the gift it represents and how that gift connects to my personal experiences. I’d also like to spend time reading and reflecting on St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle of Creation  from which the seven gifts are drawn.      

Other posts about gardens……….

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden          

Art in the Garden            

Chi Lin Nunnery        

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