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Gleaming Cross Atop Historic S.L. Chapel

Summarized by Vickie Speek

Gleaming Cross Atop Historic S.L. Chapel
Salt Lake Tribune 30Oct99 D4
By Bob Mims: Salt Lake Tribune

A year ago, Oss met Mark Anderson a respected Pacific Northwest artist and metal sculptor. Anderson, the owner of the Walla Walla (Wash.) Foundry, noted for its castings of famous art works -- including Deborah Butterfield's three life-sized horse sculptures at the Portland (Ore.) International Airport, and Nancy Graves's "Unending Revolution" displayed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., decided to build a cross for Oss's refurbished church. The artist "called one day and said the Lord had impressed upon him to sculpt a cross for our church." Oss said. He donated everything.

Anderson has created an eye-catching, 7-foot-high, 5-foot-wide Christian work of art crafted of 4-inch tubular reinforced stainless steel covered in 150 pounds of gold leaf. On each end of the cross arms, and at the top of the cross, are thick burgundy-colored glass insets. The gold leaf work on his cross sculpture alone is worth several thousand dollars. The red glass insets serve to represent the blood of the crucified Christ. "It was a way for me to express my faith by what I actually did without having to say it," Anderson said.

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