Embracing Heart

December 22, 2016

Location:  Knox Presbyterian Church, 9595 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS


Owner:  Knox Presbyterian Church


Artist:  David Platter


Dates:  Dedicated May 4, 2014

Medium:  Aquatic-grade fiberglass resin, automotive-grade paint and clear coat



This striking sculpture on the front lawn of the Knox Presbyterian Church is based upon the Biblical story of the Prodigal Son, specifically Luke 15:20:  "...but while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him."  One of the hands represents the father, the other hand is the son.  However, the sculpture was designed in a way to represent everyone.


The heart is a universal symbol of love.  The artist also considered it to be a symbol of unconditional love which he combined with the image of someone throwing their arms around another.  The paint used on the sculpture was in the shade of an individually-mixed Brandywine.  Depending on the position of the sun when one looks at the sculpture, it reflects different colours without ever being a primary red.  According to the artist, the combination of all the pieces creates a symbol of unconditional acceptance serving as a visual definition of acceptance.




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