The shrine sits in a larger garden area as a separate place for prayer, meditation, and quiet conversation for the retreat guests.
The themes of the Christ Child shrine are related to life and the fundamental religious intuition: the oval shape recalling the womb and the egg, water and fire, the Tree of Life, the stone forms arising from the earth,as well as the encompassing womb like shrines of the earliest known sacred architecture such as at Göbekli Tepe and the hypogea at Malta.
Shrine is the first phase of a larger landscape and master planning project for Mount Claret, which will eventually include a desert garden for the Stations of the Cross as well.
The focal point of the shrine will be a sculptural image of the Christ Child, probably a bronze or stone carving, three dimensional, depicting Jesus in some appropriate posture and gesture, with the age and artistic details to be determined, but probably more of a pre-adolescent or adolescent rather than an infant or toddler.
The artistic details will be worked out with the selected artist. The figure will be approximately 4' tall, on a 6" to 8" plinth.
Interested artists are encouraged to submit a portfolio and a proposal to us at:
Steven Schloeder AIA
Liturgical Environs PC
9402 South 47th Place
Phoenix AZ 85044