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S: THREE SISTERS by Marica Hefti

BC: Marica Hefti fell in love with art at the age of Five, when she discovered she had talent for painting, drawing and sculpting. While she produced a respectable oeuvre of landscapes in all media her one true love and passion has been, and still is, creating art on the basis of the human figure. Here the media she has explored range from Conté crayon washes and watercolor to large and small bronze and terracotta sculpture. Her work has been shown in renowned galleries and museums all over Europe and the United States. Her commissioned murals, portraits, terracotta and bronze sculpture are in public places as well as homes and offices of patrons throughout the world. In 2008 she completed her largest sculptural project yet. A larger than life free standing outdoor terracotta and steel relief for the new Saint Francis MedicalCenter in Colorado Springs. (To view the got to: http://maricahefti-artist-at-large.blogspot.com/) To her MA of the College of Fine Arts in Zurich, Switzerland where she was educated under constructivists Max Bill and Hans Fischli in the Bauhaus tradition of Kandinsky’s school of “Form und Farbe” she has added post graduate studies in numerous art institutions in Europe and the USA. Her studies and teaching took her from Switzerland to Italy, from Liechtenstein to the Bahamas and to California. In 1991 she moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado.

FC: THREE SISTERS, TERRACOTTA AND STEEL SCULPTURE BY MARICA HEFTI

1: THREE SISTERS A 30 foot long and 8 foot tall freestanding outdoor terracotta bas-relief combined with a 6 foot tall free standing sculpture and a 9 foot tall steel tree.

2: PPanel One: THE SISTERS OF ST FRANCIS A 6 foot tall sculpture of Venerable Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel holding a cross in her left hand (as seen on the most popular photograph of her) stands by panel one. Along the hem of her gown is her motto: HE LEADS – I FOLLOW. In 1893 Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel founded Saint Francis Hospital together with Dr. B. P. Anderson, a physician and surgeon for the Midland Railroad Company and two fellow Franciscan sisters

3: THE CRUCIFIX OF SAN DAMIANO Detail Panel One The original painting in Assisi is the most beloved crucifix of the followers of Saint Francis. Also called “The Franciscan Cross” it’s the Christ on this cross who uttered the fateful words: “FRANCIS, REBUILD MY HOUSE”.

4: FRANCIS, REBUILD MY HOUSE St. Francis wearing the stigmata is at the upper right hand corner of panel one.

5: GUARDIAN ANGEL holding a German chapel pays homage to Venerable Mother Maria Theresia's German heritage | OLD STEAM ENGINE representing the reason and the means of Mother Theresia and the first sisters’ coming to Colorado Springs

6: The artist laying out panel two

7: OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP or “Maria-Hilf” After a painting by Lucas Cranach, the Elder (original copy of the time in the artist’s collection). This is the artist’s personal devotion acknowledging Saint Elizabeth’s own deep dedication to the Mother of God

8: Panel Two: THE SISTERS OF CHARITY In 1893 Mrs. Glockner, widow of Dr. Glockner, founder of the Glockner Sanatorium in Colorado Springs, asked the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, to assume ownership of the Sanatorium. Julie Penrose widow of Spencer Penrose, who earned his fortune in copper mining and real estate development, officially dedicated the Penrose Cancer Center Pavilion in 1941. Penrose - Saint Francis Health Services was officially created in July 1990 as a result of the 1987 agreement between the Sisters of St. Francis of Colorado Springs and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio

9: SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON Founder of the Parochial School System in the USA. She once said: I SHALL BE THE MOTHER OF MANY DAUGhTERS | A Sister of Charity in 1950’s habit is the centerpiece of panel two

10: Panel Three: THE SISTERS OF TODAY dedicated to the health practitioners and staff of the new Saint Francis Medical Center

11: THE SISTERS OF TODAY Portraits of the sisters still active in 2008: Sr. Lou Krippel, OSF, Sr. Immaculata Park, OSF and Sr. Rose Virginia Brown, SC A Sister in modern garb holding an injured man. The resemblance to the world,s many “Pieta” sculptures is intentional

12: The Artist standing next to the 6 foot tall sculpture of Venerable Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel at time of installation

13: THREE SISTERS AT NIGHT The light is shining through Saint Francis symbolizing the power and the love of our creator. Along the bottom of the tree trunk the light shines through the cut letters of the Saint’s admonition to the birds: GO PRAISE AND LOVE YOUR CREATOR.

14: “THREE SISTERS” by Marica Hefti Terracotta Sculpture Project Rendering “THREE SISTERS” a 30 foot long and 8 foot tall freestanding outdoor terracotta bas-relief combined with a 6 foot tall free standing sculpture and a 9 foot tall steel tree.

15: THREE SISTERS “Three Sisters” tells the story of Penrose-St. Francis hospitals from the first three Franciscan Sisters and the Sisters of Charity to the three still active ones of today. From humble beginnings helping miners and victims of train accidents and tuberculosis to the full service medical center of today. The story also takes us from a small German chapel to the magnificent facility now standing in this place. Sometimes quite descriptive, often symbolic it endeavors to unfold a story of service to the community in a three-dimensional picture book made of terracotta and steel. THE TREE OF SAINT FRANCIS The light shining through Saint Francis symbolizes the power and the love of our creator. Along the bottom of the tree trunk the light shines through the cut letters of the Saint’s admonition to the birds: GO PRAISE AND LOVE YOUR CREATOR. The tree limbs manifest the strength of faith. | PANEL ONE: THE SISTERS OF THE ORDER OF SAINT FRANCIS In 1893 Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel founded Saint Francis Hospital together with Dr. B. P. Anderson, a physician and surgeon for the Midland Railroad Company. PANEL TWO: THE SISTERS OF CHARITY In 1893 Mrs. Glockner, widow of Dr. Glockner, founder of the Glockner Sanatorium in Colorado Springs, asked the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, to assume ownership of the Sanatorium. Julie Penrose widow of Spencer Penrose, who earned his fortune in copper mining and real estate development, officially dedicated the Penrose Cancer Center Pavilion in 1941. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was officially created in July 1990 as a result of the 1987 agreement between the Sisters of St. Francis of Colorado Springs and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio PANEL THREE: THE SISTERS OF TODAY The third panel is dedicated to the health practitioners and staff of the new Saint Francis Medical Center.

16: MORE TERRACOTTA SCULPTURE by Marica Hefti | TRANSCEND Terracotta and Fiber Optics

17: WINGED CREATURES | TIZIANA Terracotta and Metal

18: ANGELS LARGE AND SMALL

19: SANTOS Wall Plaques | NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE | SAINT MICHAEL | SAINT FRANCIS

20: I want to share the wonder! MARICA HEFTI 719-637-8049 MaricaHefti@cs.com http://maricahefti-artist-at-large.blogspot.com/

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