Christ Door (1961)

north entrance, Christ Chapel, 56" high, 64" wide

At the chapel's north entrance, toward Eckman Mall, you will find the bright red double door, the Christ Door. A seven-figured medallion-shaped tree form depicts the seven major points of the Second Article of the Apostles' Creed. Starting at left center and reading counterclockwise, these are crucified, died, was buried, descended, rose again, ascended and is seated at the right hand of God. The door handles are parts of the tree, lifeless on one side symbolizing dormancy and death, with foliage emerging on the other side, symbolizing new life in Christ. Panels inside the door treat the themes of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, relating these to the family of believers with complementary tableaux of a birth scene and a family meal.