This altar was commissioned by Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, VA to go in their newly-renovated chapel. We designed the piece using elements from early Cistercian architecture at the request of the Abbot. From the article they wrote on the new altar:
We wanted one altar… which would mediate the monastic community and our guests; we wanted a solid altar, representing the enduring permanence of the sacrament we celebrated there and on which we are founded as a community; we wanted a beautiful altar, reflecting the arching beams above and the gothic arch on the door of the tabernacle…
The beautiful altar we received from them fulfilled all our hopes.
…In a very beautiful way, it articulates more clearly, the scared space, uniting us with our guests and defining our monastic enclosure.