Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Willet Mosaic

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Institution Name: St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Willet Mosaic
Location on Campus: Liberal Arts Building
Date(s) of Construction:
1961original construction Willet Stained Glass Studios
Designer: Willet Stained Glass Studios (Philadelphia)
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Function:
ca. 1961-present (2006)other (mosaic)
 

Narrative:
The Willet Mosaic reminds students of the College's mission every day. The scenes on the mosaic represent the history of humans and Christianity through symbols and color. The shield of St. Andrew, for example, represents the Apostles and the founding of the Church. Under the star of the Nativity are three symbols: the artist's palette, the pen and book, and the abacus. These symbolize three branches of education: the arts, literature, and science the foundations of knowledge.

The Willet Studio used Italian smalti, the finest glass mosaics to generate brilliant color. The theme is a joyous celebration honoring the education of the mind and the growth of the soul.

The Mosaic reflects the College's Presbyterian heritage and the sweep of human history in a religious perspective.
 

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