“The Dancing Saints.”

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"I have two expressions to my iconography; my personal and my liturgical. My liturgical work I have expressed chiefly through my Neo-Byzantine icon project The Dancing Saints Icon of St. Gregory's Episcopal Church, San Francisco. This is a 2500 plus square feet icon mural that decorates the rotunda of the church's sanctuary and consists of a depiction of 90 oversize traditional and nontraditional "saints" from diverse times and cultures from all over the world. (This project was brought to a level of completion in Dec. of 2008.) The saints are all dancing with an even larger size Christ. Among the selected 90 saints are people like Malcolm X, Queen Elizabeth, Rumi, Ella Fitzgerald, Gandhi, Anne Frank, Cesar Chavez, John Coltrane (of course) and Sorghaghtani Beki, the mother of Kublai Khan. The artistic challenge was to translate the ancient Byzantine stylization and bring it to fresh and contemporary places while still honoring the ancient tradition. The iconographic difficulties of recognizable likenesses, culturally diverse costumes, ethnic diversity and different spiritual traditions, all brought together in a large scale work has given this project a unique place in the history of art and religious iconography." http://deacondukes.blogspot.com/

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St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church
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