World Religious Symbols - Taoism

A local church commissioned me to create a series of symbols that represent some of the major religions of the world. This was not intended to be an exhaustive list, mainly because there was room for only seven symbols and no more! So seven Religions / Spiritual Movements were chosen that have had a major, positive impact on humankind.

We worked together to decide on the appropriate symbols and how to best display them. The arched frames were designed to match the existing arches in the church itself. The frames, backs and shelves were all designed and sized in AutoCAD. The drawings were then translated into cutlists for the CNC equipment that was used to cut them to the exact size and shape we wanted.

The symbols were created in a very similar way with the added step of transferring the images of the symbols to AutoCAD. This involved tracing the image, usually in .jpg format, in AutoCAD. This is a time consuming process, but it did result in pleasing and very usable images. The symbols were then cut as above on the CNC router.

The parts were then painted the glorious colors you see here and then assembled into complete units. Sadly, these pictures do not do justice to the colors that were so carefully selected. The combination of the two shades of blue and the two shades of gold work together to complement each other beautifully. You will have to visit the church and see them in person!

To represent Taoism, we chose the Ying-Yang symbol. It was a challenge to replicate this deceptively simple symbol in such a way as to be instantly recognizable. Normally the two halves are clearly distinguished by coloring them black and white. After several iterations, we decided to add a texture to one half of the symbol as well as to the "dot" in the opposite half. This helped a lot till they were sprayed gold. It appears that some edge detailing will be required.

Dimensions: 30" x 42"

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