Rising majestically the Crucible of Light, a twelve foot tall steel sculpture, reflects the daylight through the white marble stone that embellishes the center and top of the piece.
A member of the National Sculptor’s Guild, Chapel’s inspiration for his “Crucible” series was the 18th century literary movement of “Sturm und Drang,” which emphasized a revolution against contemporary standards. The artist discovered the depth of symbolism in the shape of the “crucible,” which is defined as, “a place, time or situation in which concentrated forces converge and interact to cause, or influence change or development.” The artist asks the viewer to consider how light shining through the solid marble at the center of this piece, brings luminescent hope to the other side.
Artist: Chapel, 2009.
Location: Orange Memorial Park, near the Joseph A Fernekes Recreation Building.