Explanation of The Teaching Creche Sculpture
The “Teaching” inherent in the design of The Teaching Creche Sculpture.
The Teaching Crèche is designed to “teach”. What follows is an extensive, but not
exhaustive explanation of the components of the Teaching Crèche sculpture.
1. As a religious word, crèche is defined as a three dimensional representation of the Nativity scene at the birth of Jesus Christ. As a non-religious word, it is defined as a childcare
2.The Star of David base represents the Old Testament, the Jewish people and the Jewish heritage of Joseph, Mary and Jesus. It is the foundation of the design as it is the foundation
of our Faith, worship and culture.
3. The Tablets represent The Ten Commandments, the foundation of The Law of Moses.
4. The Three Triangles that comprise the Canopy are sparse, to signify the poverty of the Infant Jesus. They also represent the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity. The triangles imitate
the spires of church architecture and hands folded in prayer.
5. The Isosceles Triangle on the left represents mountains, the place in the Old and New Testament where, “Man meets God.
6. The two side triangles are isosceles triangles; the smaller one is a right triangle. The triangles refer to geometry, reason and logic, hallmarks of the Greek culture. They refer
to the influence of Greek philosophy on the formation of Christian Theology.
7. When viewed from the front, the three triangles spell the Latin word for Peace, “PAX.” This was the language of the Roman Empire and is the traditional language of the Church.
8. The right isosceles triangle, intersected by the smaller right triangle, forms a cross and prefigures the Crucifixion.
9. The Flame represents the presence of God, Wisdom and the Holy Spirit. The Flame is supported by a circular, blue Water base. Both are prominent symbols in the Old and
10. The Acrylic represents the clarity of Church Teachings and the transparency of Truth.
11. The Star atop the canopy represents the Star of Bethlehem. It symbolizes Christ as the Light of the World and refers to our participation in this Light through the Sacrament
of Baptism. Like our Baptismal fonts, the Star has eight sides. The tradition of eight-sided baptismal fonts refers to the eight people saved from the great Flood in the book of Genesis.
12. Walk lateral to the sculpture and look at it. You will see “movement” in the sculpture. This signifies that our Faith is living, active, alive.