Karl Hale


Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

On Display

October 5, 2016 – February 28, 2017


Atrium Gallery, level 1

“Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” tells a dozen or more stories of Jesus’ life and teachings using kinetic metaphor. Some of the stories include His birth, His baptisms, the parable of the Ten Virgins, the Cleansing of the Temple, and the Atonement. Also, there is a great deal of symbolism throughout the sculpture drawing on religious traditions from before the early Hebrews, through Judaism, and into modern day Mormonism.

The wood species I used are also symbolic with the olive wood of the creche and the blood wood and purple heart of the Atonement piece. The majority of the wood has local significance. The black walnut comes from a tree I took down in Mapleton, the mahogany I used for the representation of Herod’s Temple is mahogany from the construction of the Payson Temple, and the oak and ash (which form the majority of the sculpture) grew next to the old Smith Family Living Center at BYU and were taken down when that building was demolished.” Karl Hale

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