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 "Books of Days" is an ancient Christian tradition commemorating the passage of time as a celebration of faith.

This project is an attempt to honor the Los Alamos United Church congregation in that manner at the dawn of the new millennium. It was started in September 1998, after the annual congregation retreat at Ghost Ranch, near Abiquu, New Mexico. For one year, each Sunday, the flower arrangements decorating the church' s altar were photographed and became the central thread of this work which reflects on a year in the life of the congregation.

Twelve floral arrangements were selected to represent a specific month of the year. They were individually set into different backgrounds, all inspired from sketches of Cistercian stainglass windows that can be found in medieval churches throughout Western Europe. The Enluminures - or calligraphic patterns - specific colors and symbols were later added to celebrate the cycle of the liturgic year as observed in the Christian Church community.

Each plate has been printed and numbered 1 to 10 on Somerset Fine Art paper, 250g. The 12 original artists' proofs have been assembled and hand binded in a portfolio donated to the Church congregation. It is available for viewing by appointment at the Los Alamos United Church in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

 Jean Constant, December 1999


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