Xavier Magazine

Cross Examination

When students returned this fall, they were greeted with new additions to the classrooms—crosses. These are more than just your standard crucifixes that previously hung in the rooms, though. These are art.

Artist David Carmele created eight modern versions of the Greek cross out of wood, polished aluminum or acrylic sheeting.

“I want students to walk in and look at the crosses and ask, ‘What is that?’ ” Carmele says. “The idea is to get students to form a much broader vision of what the cross is. I took very old ideas and tried to make them work for this day and age, to make them fun, understandable and energizing. That’s the goal of education, to expand your horizons, your thoughts, your vision.”

Currently, Carmele is researching Latin crosses, Celtic crosses and crucifixes.

“There are going to be more crosses coming down the line,” says Leo Klein, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry. “Ultimately we’d like to see all the classrooms have them.”

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