The pieces at the far end of each side that look like long, wooden toolboxes are actually footrests from the artist’s workbench.
This dark wood, used for contrast, came from Tom Wolbrecht, theology professor, dean of students and member of the committee who commissioned this piece in 1980.
This irresistible dowel was a favorite of pranksters past. They would sneak in to Hagen after hours and use it to hang rolls of toilet paper.
These nails, used as a decorative accent, are meant to represent our sins.
This small cross is a cut-down section of an actual discarded church cross.
These little “cubbies” are the inside of a hollow door. They came from Fred Kramer, who was a psychology professor and academic dean at that time.
This is Luther Hall, complete with cross on the top. The dowel that sticks out in the center is from Dwaine Brandt, former Concordia teacher, Reformation historian, and baseball coach.
The small cross on top of Luther Hall was donated by Gerda Keller, wife of Karl Keller, a Concordia professor of religion.
The little door in Luther Hall was originally the peephole in Art and Carol Wahlers’ front door – welcoming family and friends to their home on NE 26th.
Luther Hall’s roof pieces were donated by Juanita Wilmarth, a member of Concordia’s kitchen staff for many years.
This is Neils Hall. The house number came from biology professor and Dean of the College of Theology, Arts & Sciences Chuck Kunert (who just retired) and the vent grate came from Art Wahlers, who spent more than 30 years at Concordia in a variety of teaching and administrative roles.
Keep your eyes on the main cross near the center. Then look to the sides. The arms of the cross radiate out to the edges on both sides of the artwork.
The wood in the center of the main cross is from a tree in John Scheck’s backyard. John taught history and religion for many, many years.
The three fence posts in the main cross came from Dale Fisk, who at the time was the director of the Concordia Choir and Christi Crux Chorale.
The rings that radiate from the center cross symbolize growth rings – a pattern that is repeated on either side of the piece.
The house numbers 3745 came from the first home of Johnnie Driessner, Concordia biology professor at the time and now Chief Vision Officer.
This socket used to hold a very small lightbulb. Pranksters would remove the bulb and replace it with the biggest bulb they could find that would still fit the socket.
Designed to represent the Concordia neighborhood, the piece includes small touches, like telephone poles.