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Central Business District in Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Kirk Newman Sculpture

 
 
Kirk Newman Sculpture Marker, Side One image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, February 12, 2023
1. Kirk Newman Sculpture Marker, Side One
Inscription.  Upper left
John the Baptist, successor to Elijah, whose flowing garments balance the welcoming angel in the upper right.

Middle left
Jesus greets the children in front of the disciples. A strong linear pattern reinforces their closeness and guides one's eye to more children in the distance. Note Judas is not included among the disciples.

Lower left
Mary, mother of Jesus, is sculpted with a dove. Her peace and anguish depicts the trials of every mother. Though she faces forward and away, her arms and face are drawn to the crucifixion, as is the head of Judas, lower right, adding composition balance. It also presents a contrast in moods anguish.

Bottom middle - Four aspects of evil
• Three soldiers on the left passively follow orders. • A big soldier raises a knife in active aggressive evil. • The man looking up is Every Man, a witness through the ages, caught in the journey of life to Golgotha. • The soldier at right with open hand poses the question of evil, where is the guideline?

Lower right
Judas is seen as blind lost and wandering;
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alone but for a simple toad. The movement of his garment flows from the scene beneath the cross.

Middle right
An angel and a prostrate soldier are shown in front of the tomb. Three cloaked figures floating forward on their shelf of rock to witness the event. As if in a dream, this mix of real and unreal space seems appropriate to the event of resurrection and tends to move the eye to the scene above.

Upper right
An angel welcomes Christ to eternal life, completing the circle. The angel balances John the Baptist and completes the circle with the doves of peace adding to the flow.

Kirk Newman, sculptor
First Presbyterian Church is grateful for this fine sculpture, made possible by Suzanne Shepherd and fully dedicated to the glory of God. First dedicated on Easter, 1989.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1989.
 
Location. 42° 17.376′ N, 85° 35.204′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. It is in the Central Business District. Marker is on West South Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 347 W South St, Kalamazoo MI 49007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lincoln at Kalamazoo (within shouting distance of this marker); First Women's Club in Michigan
Kirk Newman Sculpture Marker, Side Two image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, February 12, 2023
2. Kirk Newman Sculpture Marker, Side Two
(within shouting distance of this marker); Kalamazoo Bicentennial Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo (about 400 feet away); Spanish War Veterans Monument (about 500 feet away); In Memoriam U.S.S Maine (about 500 feet away); Presented To The City Of Kalamazoo (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalamazoo.
 
Kirk Newman Sculpture Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, February 12, 2023
3. Kirk Newman Sculpture Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2023. It was originally submitted on February 22, 2023, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2023, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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