Chiseled to Perfection: Mr. Ward’s Corpus

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Chiseled to Perfection: Mr. Ward’s Corpus

Mr. Ward's Corpus.

Mr. Ward's Corpus.

Claire Sabol and Page Gehringer

Mr. Ward's Corpus.

Claire Sabol and Page Gehringer

Claire Sabol and Page Gehringer

Mr. Ward's Corpus.

Claire Sabol and Page Gehringer, Club Writers

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As you walk into the illuminated chapel, your eyes catch on the beautiful, wooden figure in the center of the chapel. You notice how intricately carved the statue of Jesus is and you wonder how long it would have taken to create such a detailed masterpiece. Xavier sculpture teacher Nathan Ward is the man to thank for this stunning piece of art.

“It took me three years to make the corpus,” reported Mr. Ward. For the past three years, he has kept the corpus in his classroom to work on. “I will miss having Jesus in my room,” laughed Mr. Ward. The intricate statute started off as a hunk of wood that was chiseled and sculpted to look like Jesus, which Mr. Ward worked on whenever time permitted.

The sculpture teacher reported that Jesus’s face was the most time-consuming part of the project because the angle of his head made Jesus’s face so difficult to chisel. Although a laborious process, Mr. Ward admitted that creating the corpus fulfilled a long-term goal of his. Ever since his college career, Mr. Ward only ever dreamed of creating such a large-scale project and was finally able to accomplish his goal with the making of the corpus.

Congratulations and way to go, Mr. Ward! Xavier is proud of you!

What does Mr. Ward hope you will feel when you walk into Xavier’s Chapel of Our Lady? Click here to find out.

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