St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel Renovation
St. Paul, Minnesota
Originally designed by French architect Emmanuel Louis Masqueray in the early 20th century the chapel was recently renovated.
Fr. James Notebaart, Liturgical Consultan with Tylevich.
Tylevich has created a new crucifix in bronze and dichroic glass, suspended from the ceiling over the altar. Corpus in bronze, seven feet-four in height. Wreath encircling above is made from bronze, steel and dichroic glass. Developed by NASA dichroic glass has the property of changing color when viewed from various angles.
A sculpted bronze altar with a Tree of Life base and wood surface with interlocking rings, set on a marble platform with St. Thomas’ writings inlaid in the floor.
A large panel referred to as Symbolic Gates with bronze bas-reliefs of the four Evangelists and their associated animals, the four depicted writing their gospels. On the back of the panel a hymn on the mystery of Christ.
The lack of a terminus at the back suggested grill work to divide the space. Tylevich has created a boundary made from wood, bronze and steel.
Click on the thumbnail images below to view more detail. All photos by Elias Adams.