Concordia’s Center for Liturgical Art Set to Install Mosaic at Valparaiso University

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The mosaic, titled “Lightfall,” was inspired by Psalm 36:9 and Valparaiso’s motto: “In luce tua, videmus lucer,” “In your light, we see light.”

CLA mosaic, "Lightfall"

Concordia;s Center for Liturgical Art installs "Lightfall" mosaic at Valparaiso University.

The elements in concert with the overall composition will inspire people to see themselves as empowered participants in the sharing of God’s love in the lives of others.

The Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia University, Nebraska is currently working on a massive mosaic, 31 feet long by 16.5 feet tall, which will be installed in the Welcome Center at Valparaiso University in Indiana. The mosaic, titled “Lightfall,” was inspired by Psalm 36:9 and Valparaiso’s motto: “In luce tua, videmus lucer,” “In your light, we see light.”

The mosaic was designed by Mark Anschutz, artist-in-residence at the Center for Liturgical Art, and is the largest piece of art the CLA has ever created. Anschutz has been working on “Lightfall” since late 2012 along with senior Evan Balleweg, an ecclesiastical and liturgical art major and marketing intern at the CLA.

The design of the piece ties closely with the mission and environment of Valparaiso, says Anschutz.

“Each mosaic tile represents the character of Valparaiso: excellence, learning through service, community, thoughtful leadership and personal journeys,” he said. “The elements in concert with the overall composition will inspire people to see themselves as empowered participants in the sharing of God’s love in the lives of others.”

Balleweg, who has been working with Anschutz and the CLA since 2009, designed the presentation material and mock-ups of the mosaic for the CLA to present to Valparaiso. He then turned the rough sketches and paintings into computerized drawings so that each piece could be enlarged and cut out of Komatex, a type of colored PVC vinyl. Balleweg has also helped texture the shapes, paint and apply finishes to the final piece.

“It is inspiring to think that this artwork may very well be on this earth much longer than I am,” Balleweg said. “It is always a humbling experience to be able to work on these types of projects.”

The CLA plans to install in the Valparaiso Welcome Center this summer.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,100 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.

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