Reading the design

Yesterday I wrote about the new design work in our church, courtesy of local designer Steve Barry. Steve is pictured here next to one of his designs just after assembling it with me.  Steve is standing in the church’s glass atrium – the building’s most distinctive architectural feature and point of entry for all our visitors. If you click on the image, you can then ‘read’ the different elements of Steve’s design, as listed below.

  • Ribbon running left to right – introduces movement to the image, and represents the River Thames which flows past the town
  • Ferns in the  background to the right are an echo of Bushy Park – key feature of our ‘leafy’ town
  • The street, with its trees and houses, running along the bottom of the image, recalls the church’s setting in the midst of its community.
  • The bright and colourful trees echo the life and colour Steve sees in the church.
  • The tallest building in the street represents the church itself, with its distinctive atrium. Steve has emphasised the cross in the panes of glass as a reminder of the church’s key purpose.
  • Photos are stock images – which avoid both the need for obtaining relevant permissions, and ‘dating’ which occurs when known faces change or move on.

Of course, in all the bullet points above I have done exactly what you should not do – translate visual language into verbal.  As visitors come and go past these images day in day out, we trust that they will make their own translations…