Holy Redeemer Church
El Dorado, Arkansas
This font replaces a rather unremarkable font which was leaking and had other defects. The bowl was a gift to the pastor and is 32" across and 15" deep. The principle challenge was to seal it from leaking. The interior was tiled with quartz and glass tesserae to reflect mosaics of the ancient world found in Rome and Jerusalem. The Jerusalem Cross in the font bowl celebrates both the spiritual and historical origins of the Church, and honors the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, of which the pastor and many parishoners are members. The cherry wood base conceals drain and mechanicals with a hidden door. Placement of the font was limited by the pre-existing pipes and drains. The font was installed for Holy Week and saw its first use at Easter of 2009.
Material: Cherry, Terra Cotta, tile