St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Medellín completed three projects in 1958 for St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church in Dallas. The artist designed the church’s altar wall, which is clad in blue-gray tiles inlaid with small pieces of gold and platinum. The density of the reflective metal draws your eye to the center of the design, creating the impression of a burst of light. The artist then completed a sculpture of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux by suspending a lead sheet and slowly shaping the sculpture by hammering, perhaps with a plaster model as a guide. Originally installed on the façade of the church, the sculpture now resides in a courtyard. The most captivating of Medellín’s projects are his mosaic and painted stucco murals depicting the Stations of the Cross. Rather than show the stations as separate compositions, Medellín fused them into two continuous narratives, delineating each scene through subtle spacing, design elements, and positioning of the figures.