line, triangle, square, arc and circle we speak a language whose
vocabulary is sign and symbol.
That is our craft.
This library has been designed by a Catholic memorial designer for fellow artists, drafters and designers. Although each definition is correct and true, each symbol is discussed in a casual manner intended for persons employing the symbol in their work.
What is this monument saying to us?
directly at the center.
There is a difference between a sign and a symbol. Signs depict physical objects, sensations, locations and circumstances. They are recognized - you must have first been exposed to the depiction or the sign has no meaning. Familiar signs are the Star, depicting a fiery sun off in space. A traffic light, stop and go. A yellow triangle with a lightning bolt, electrical hazard. 911, the end of continental isolation.
Symbols are recognizable innate objects depicting mysteries - symbols require explanation simply because they depict the unexplainable. They are found in the continence of dreams, linger in meditation, are always geometric, and express the inexpressible and unexplained. They do not describe, explain, or resolve mysteries, they express only the transcendental reality of such phenomena. Symbols change with time, culture and personal experience. It is not the underlying mystery that changes or even the symbol itself. Those who employ the symbols find the mysteries in other places. As an example the people of Greece once made thunderous noise, held up candles and worshiped their god of Zeus with his thunderous lighting bolts. Today, folks hold up candles and rock to the thunderous sounds of the rock star. It's the same mystery, the super man with a different, modern symbol/image. The cube - often drawn as 4 sides having six equal surfaces, 8 points and 12 joints (lines.) The TaiChi (Yin-Yang) - the depiction of many worlds which can be experienced from only one aspect (usually male or female.) Circles, lines and arcs are all the objects which fill our heads all the time. As the human mind approaches mysteries these objects modulate to form apparently (innate) familiar symbols to represent each mystery. Articulation of a symbol is required. Until you are told that the circle is a symbol of God, it is unfathomable as such. Still it is the image which pops up when the concept of God shows itself in dreams, conversations, meditations and fine art.