Local sculptor captures Saint Damien in Koa WoodUPDATED 7:31 PM HST Jun 26, 2013Video Transcript
Throughout the centuries, religion has inspired masterpieces in music, poetry and art. On tonite's mixed plate sees how a local sculptor was inspired by a man of faith. Here's KITV4's Pamela Young. The earliest recorded artwork of Damien de Vuester was this painting by British lord Edward Clifford. Damien is said to have looked at the original sketch and said, oh, what an ugly face. The world disagrees, seeing the nobility and kindness in that ravaged countenance, captured in oils, pastels, chalk, tile, and now koa. "THE ARTIST DALE ZARRELLA CARVED THE STATUE WITHOUT INTENT OF APPEARING THE WAY IT IS. Father Lane says the grain of the wood dictated the final product. "JUST BELOW THE EYE THERE'S A TEARDROP, NATURAL BECAUSE OF THE WOOD. THE RIGHT KNEE, AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE WOOD. AND THE OTHER FIGURE? A YOUNG GIRL WHO HAS A VEIL SYMBOLIC OF THE SHAME OF THE ILLNESS. LIKE MOST SCULPTORS, THE ARTIST DIDN'T MAKE JUST ONE. A DUPLICATE STATUE WAS FASHIONED IN BRONZE. IT NOW SITS IN THE VATICAN, A GIFT TO POPE BENEDICT 16TH BEFORE HIS ABDICATION." It is hoped the statue will eventually be assigned to one of the outdoor alcoves circling St. Peter's Square. The church these gifts, not only as artistic expression, but public education. :PEOPLE COME TO LOOK AND THEN THEY ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT FATHER DAMIEN SO IT HAS OPENED UP A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION OF WANTING TO KNOW." Maui Artist Dale Zarrella is now working on a statue of Mother Marianne in a different local wood. Both pieces will sit in St. Augustine's sainthood museum, planned for this plot of land in front of the church on Kalakaua Avenue. If all goes well, construction of the museum will start this December. The facility will include a backyard meditation garden with other pieces of art inspired by Hawaii's saints. That's mixed plate.