Redlands sculptor creates cross for Carmel College

ARTWORK: Redand based sculptor Georgette Schwantes with the cross for Carmel College.

ARTWORK: Redand based sculptor Georgette Schwantes with the cross for Carmel College.

REDLAND based sculptor Georgette Schwantes has created a cross in celebration of the opening of Carmel College’s fifth house Champagnat to mark its 25th year.

The house is in honour of Marist Brothers founder and Saint Marcellin Champagnat and represents the colour gold and has the cross as its symbol.

The artwork hangs in a sacred space at the college’s library foyer.

Ms Schwantes has created two crosses for the college eight years ago and the addition cross made this year will follow the college’s theme of connecting the houses together.

“I have produced several sculptures for other private Catholic schools, I suppose I feel closer to the subject in being Catholic,” she said.

Ms Schwantes said it took her about three months to make the sculptor.

“The cross is sculptured in stoneware and fired at a very high temperature which makes it as hard as a brick,” she said.

“I carved out the back of the latest cross for Carmel College as it will make it lighter for the fore bearer to carry.

“I have also sculpted some hooks and have attached plastic coated wire so that they can also hang it as in a picture when not in use.”