VALPARAISO | A ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. today to dedicate the mosaic titled "Lightfall" in the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Welcome Center at Valparaiso University.
The mosaic, which is 31 feet long and 16.5 feet high, was designed by Mark Anschutz, artist-in-residence at the Center for Liturgical Art at Concordia University in Nebraska. It's the largest art project ever done by the CLA, and Anschutz has been working on it since late 2012 with senior Evan Balleweg.
The title of the mosaic was inspired by Psalm 36:9 and Valparaiso University's motto "In your light, we see light." Balleweg, an ecclesiastical and liturgical art major and marketing intern, designed the presentation material and mockups of the mosaic to present to VU for approval in addition to helping with the construction.
"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."
Anschutz 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."