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I Imagine Us as a Holy Family Engaging in the Great Work of Increasing the Light, 2006

Cappy Thompson
(American, born 1952)

Location: The Evergreen State College, Olympia

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

This painted and stained glass artwork by internationally recognized artist Cappy Thompson represents the college and its library as a "Temple of Wisdom" and a “Garden of Paradise”. The people and scenes are inspired by folk tales and cultures from around the world. On the left side, a “Temple of Wisdom” represents the college and its library. Inside the arched doorways are important scholars from past world cultures: the Buddha, bringing the wisdom of True Nature; Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval European visionary artist and theologian; Socrates, the Greek philosopher and teacher; Chief Seattle, a Pacific Northwest spiritual elder and advocate for Native-American rights and environmental values; Ganesha, the Hindu deity known as the Obstacle Remover and Lord of Beginnings; and Hafiz, the Persian Sufi poet. On the right side, is a “Garden of Paradise” which is the artist’s symbol for “the world as we set out from the Temple of Wisdom to enter life”. The garden has the traditional elements of paradise: flowing water, a Fountain of Knowledge, and fruit trees. In the garden, we can see the wisdom figure of the Sphinx, a Cosmic Tree that connects the earth to both the heavens and the underworld, spirit animals, and much more. The people in the garden are reading, drinking from the Fountain of Knowledge, taking care of and enjoying the land, and making music. In the far upper-right corner, the artist has placed herself as a Muse in the sky, holding a banner with the title of the artwork. The artwork spans twenty-nine windows in a corner of the library of The Evergreen State College. Thompson is an Evergreen alumnus.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with The Evergreen State College.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Seattle-based glass artist Cappy Thompson creates rich narratives in her vibrantly animated stained-glass compositions. Her site-specific installations draw imagery from myths, poetry, and personal expression.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Sculpture - glass

Medium

Vitreous enamel on float glass with areas of reverse-laminated stained glass

Dimensions

10 ft x 66 ft

ID Number

WSAC2004.006.000

Acquisition Method

Site responsive commission

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

The Evergreen State College

Artwork Location

The Evergreen State College
Northwest corner of the library - 2nd floor windows

WA County

Thurston

Setting

Interior

Site Type

University

Address

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA 98505

Geo. Coordinates

47.073372 | -122.977716

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