Now that I have my cell phone camera-to-internet-to-computer connection reestablished, let me give you a peek at my new parish. When the church was expanded and renovated about a decade ago, an icon was put into the niche under the south loft:
We finally filled the opposite niche with a sculpture of our patron by the Chicago artist Jerzy Kenar:
The niche has been papered with a background suggestive of medieval architecture. The angelic doctor also has a bookshelf with him. Here are our two niches from the side aisle a few pews toward the altar:
This is what you would see leaving our church and walking toward the garden exit.
I think there’s a wisdom in waiting to fill devotional niches like this. Parishes should feel the freedom to discern what art should be commissioned and where it needs to be placed.