Urban Abbey continues the fine tradition of ancient Celtic abbeys. We produce art that reflects the vision and passions of Urban Abbey. Each of our works of art have a unique flavor but similar themes. Every piece is a mosaic representing a theme that hints at the culture we are creating in the space where it will be displayed. We have chosen a mosaic form for at least two reasons. First, each radically individual component in the piece is diverse from the others - yet alone they do not speak. Second, a singular, unified beauty arises when each piece of the work is thoughtfully placed. In this way, each mosaic becomes a mental model portraying the community of Urban Abbey. We embrace extreme diversity but not isolationism. We pursue a communitarianism that does not disfigure individual identity. The community is called into being by the presence of individuals who choose interdependence.
Here at Urban Abbey we believe that artists do not ultimately work in isolation. Their work represents an exteriorized fragment of the creative genius housed within the human race. When those bits and pieces are forged within the heart of an artist and make their way out into the visible realm they form a congruence of human experience.
Urban Abbey Sacred Art
This piece is composed of 7100 pieces of wood. Lumber was purchased in 1" x 6" , 10 foot pieces. These were thencut into 3/4" x 3/4" blocks at 5 depth levels varyingfrom 1/2" to 2 1/2" pieces. These pieces were then individually sanded and painted according to a palette of 23 colors . The finished wooden blocks were then affixed to a 4' x 8' piece of plywood framed.
The image is a contemporary portrayal of Leonardo DaVinci's The Last Supper. This fifteenth-century mural painting is currently displayed in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan.
Our wood-block mural hangs in the Urban Abbey dining room and conveys the message that we come to the table to sit with Jesus and it is his hospitality that welcomes us.
Michelangelo's work The Creation of Adam inspired the creation of this work of glass on glass art. His fresco painting of 1512 forms part of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling and. It illustrates the biblical creation narrative from the book of Genesis in which God breathes life into Adam, the first man. This beautiful mosaic hangs in Urban Abbey Prayer Tower. The physical space between the finger of God and the finger of man represents the purpose of the tower itself. This is to be a thin place between God and humankind - where God comes close.