Watch a Work of Art Come to Life Before Your Eyes

If I could, I’d take you with me to one of my favorite places on the planet: Laity Lodge, in the hill country of Texas, along the Frio River.

I’ve been there many times in the past several years — to read, to write, to teach, to wander, to retreat — and I have discovered why artists from Madeleine L’Engle to Frederick Buechner to Over the Rhine to Terrence Malick have cherished it as a source of inspiration, contemplation, and solace for decades.

Since I can’t walk alongside that river with you, I’ll invite you to the next best thing: Two videos by my friend Nathan Clarke of Fourth Line Films, documenting a remarkable occurrence out in the open. …

Watch “The Story of Threshold,” a four-minute video about the construction of a work of art by my friend Roger Feldman, a professor of art at Seattle Pacific University.

But if you really want to capture the sights and sounds — and, yes, with a little imagination, the smells, flavor, and feeling — of this place, watch “Syncopation.” That video takes you right into the mysterious process of bringing Threshold to life.

By the way, the music’s provided by Jeff Johnson, whose work has been a soundtrack for my imagination for more than 20 years now.

So, if you have a few minutes, put on your headphones and take a brief vacation to Laity Lodge and witness Roger Feldman at work.

You can read more about the installation, and Laity Lodge, here.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • pastordt

    Very, very cool. Thank you.

  • photosbychinwe

    Lovely! I am constantly amazed at how different art media can inspire wonder. Thanks for posting this.