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© Copyright Alberto Garcia Alvarez 2005
|St Louis Bertrand|
St. Louis Bertrand Church, Oakland, California, 1962
The irregular areas formed by the paintings’ outline are protruding one centimeter from the surrounding wall. This is because the materials used to make those areas were different than those used for the rest of the walls; a mixture of sand and lime as support requirement for ‘al fresco’ painting technique, It didn’t need to be made in Iwo levels but I wanted to emphasize the paintings as irregular in shape.
The paintings occupy a space in belween 1 .5 meters and 3 meters from the floor, very much at people’s touch level, and follow two walls, one at each side of the central altar of the church, measuring each approximately 20 meters horizontally.
There are seven stations of the cross in each one of those two walls forming a frieze all along them, and there is a small wooden cross -some 20 cm.- aftached to the top of each painting to fulfill the requirements of the Catholic Church for a Via Crucis.
For the same church I made the Baptismal Fount, Two sculptures and many stained glass windows.