Set Open the Door O Soul

West Des Moines, IA

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Art Studio Overview:

The Dowling Catholic High School Maroon Memorial Garden is a contemplative space adjacent to the Coppola Family St. Joseph Chapel. The entrance threshold piece is oriented perpendicular to the axis of the setting sun on All Souls Day – inviting all who enter moment of pause and recognition of entering into a qualitative space creating in the words of collaborator Brother William J. Woeger, F.S.C. a place “capable of bearing the weight of mystery…” Nestled into the hillside between a grouping of cherished trees, the weathering steel elements create a processional threshold experience artfully expressing the importance of faith and celebrating those of the Dowling Catholic community – the living and the departed – as one. The result is a place to experience awareness, a qualitative space where individuals are memorialized through a programing experience in dialogue for small group and individual contemplation. The memorial is dedicated to the deceased members of the Dowling Catholic High School and St. Joseph Academy community.

  • CLIENT: Dowling Catholic High School
  • COMPLETE: October 2021
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    K-12 Education,