Respect Life bas relief finally arrives at St. Philip
Recently, the community at the
The idea for using the logo as an art piece started in 2000 when parishioner Sarah di Cicco fell in love with the design after seeing it displayed on tote bags. “I immediately saw it as a bas relief,” says di Cicco who recalls spending two years in
After meeting with then-Respect Life Director Licia Nicasso and receiving permission from the artist’s widow to use the logo, di Cicco followed along and then spearheaded the project which would eventually see its completion in 2010.
Money was the biggest hurdle, especially when the parish went into a master plan campaign. Determined to get the project off the ground, di Cicco finally said she would put up the funds to get the project started.
Thus began a long process of approving the architectural and artistic designs with
Finally, in 2007-2008, the artist’s finished clay sculpture went from
Through the years, to raise funds to cover the cost of the art work, the Respect Life ministry held bake sales and organized book mark contests and sales for the students at St. Philip the
Finally last summer, Father Joe Moniz, St. Philip’s pastor, put di Cicco in touch with parishioner Luke Welsh, who owned a local ironworks company and who would install the bas relief at no cost. And finally, an idea that began on paper finally came to life as a dynamic sculpture in a place of honor.
“What I like about it is that it includes all stages of life and it captures the fact that life is so precious at every age,” says Father Moniz who adds that because of its location, near the parish hall, the artwork is seen daily by children and parents alike.
Last October, the Respect Life bas relief was officially blessed with parishioners gathering after Masses to enjoy the new addition to their church. Future plans include adding lights to the area and extending the patio walkway so people can get closer to the work.
The long journey for di Cicco has been worth every minute. “The artwork is so important because this image is an experience of our faith,” she says. “In the Catholic churches of old, people didn’t read; their faith was expressed in the images, the painting, the art of the church. This logo symbolizes who we are as a faith community.”