This piece is titled Vigil Sconce and is intended to be an accent to an architectural detail such as a fireplace, or a wall niche. The style of the design can be described as Contemporary Gothic as the clean lines and geometric shapes give a nod to ‘modernism’, while the candles and long adorned cross shape allude to a religious or gothic application.
The concept is drawn from common practices in Eastern religions: that of reverence and offerings to the dead. Each sconce has a vessel in the intersection of the cross where there is a door that can be opened in order for an offering to be placed inside. On the door is a slot for the image of the person to whom the gift is offered. The ceremony is completed when an offering is made, the door is closed, and the candles are lit.
Thus, the sconces provide architectural accents on one hand, and an opportunity to honour those passed on the other.
The sconces are in the collection of the artist and are open for sale.
The materials are Black Walnut, brass hardware and wax candles. The sconces each measure 30” long x 14” wide x 12” deep. They hang from the wall by a plate that has a sliding dovetail pocket and can be screwed directly to the wall, and a corresponding dovetail key on the back of the sconce.