The major reconstruction jobs are complete in the Presidio Chapel, but work continues on beautifying the space. Recently, as set of eight banners were installed along the walls of the chapel. Each of the banners is depicts flowers or animals that are native to the Presidio—Hawk, Hummingbird, Owl, Pelican, Red Admiral Butterfly, California Poppy, Checkerbloom Flower, and Larkspur. They were created by artists from Glammic, a children’s boutique on Russian Hill (see their website for photos of the banners). The banners will both add color to the chapel and help with the acoustics.
The images were adapted from drawings made by Ryan Jones, who worked with young people on restoration projects for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy until his tragic death in 2008 at the age of 30. His love for nature was matched by his love for art, and he enjoyed drawing the local plants and animals. Many of the youth programs in the Park, including a summer program for urban teens are due to his efforts (Read more about Ryan here.)
The banners have colorful borders that represent the colors of the ICP symbol (see above). The logo includes the three primary colors (red, blue, yellow), the three secondary colors (purple, green, orange), white, and black. It thus includes at least one of the colors held sacred by each of the world’s many faith traditions and does not favor any one tradition. If you look closely, you’ll see that no two rings are actually linked together, yet the whole cannot be pulled apart. This represents maintaining the uniqueness of each of our faith traditions while finding strength in coming together in solidarity around issues of common concern. You could also see it as a primal white light radiating prismatically into the colors of life against a black background of space. The logo was designed for the ICP by Board member Don Frew of the Covenant of the Goddess.
The banners represent a close collaboration between ICP and the Presidio Trust. Thanks to Karen Maggio, Director of Hospitality, designer Brittany Burggraff and the artists at Glammic who spent many long hours (the owl alone took 40 hours to design, cut, and sew), and Jody Sanford, Terry, and Damien Raffa for sharing Ryan’s drawings.
This is the archive for the Bay Area Interfaith Connect, the former newsletter for the Interfaith Center at the Presidio .