Mosaics installed at the Cathedral
Posted on September 29, 2017
Awe-inspiring mosaics have been installed in the Circle under the Dome and in the Pendentives that connect the Dome to its four supporting pillars, in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration.
Toronto-based artist Roumen Kirinkov, working with the Slovak Greek Catholic Church Foundation, created the drawings, which were rendered into mosaics and installed in the Cathedral by Travisanutto Mosaics of northern Italy.
The elegance of the mosaics' design, their innovative content and the mastery of their artisanship make them unique.
The mosaics were created by a Travisanutto team of four artisans, who are among only a half-dozen people in the world qualified to produce flawless mosaic renderings on a curved surface. Two members of the team came to Canada for six weeks to undertake the painstaking task of installing more than 1.4 million Venetian Smalti glass stones, known as tesserae, on the 1,000-square-foot surface of the Circle under the Dome and the Pendentives.
The mosaics in the Circle under the Dome go beyond the traditional depiction of the thirteen Apostles, by adding, St. Mary Magdalene; a French saint, St. Madeline Sophie-Barat, founder of Les Réligieuses du Sacré-Cœur; and two Canadian saints, St. Kateri Tekakwitha and St. Brother Andrré of Montreal.
The mosaics in the Pendentives, which would traditionally contain the biblical manifestations of the four Evangelists, which would have been portrayed by a lioness, an eagle, an ox and a winged male figure, have been revised to include Canadian content.
The lioness has been replaced by a wolverine. The eagle was changed into a peregrine falcon, which is a species that nests in Queen's Park and other buildings in the city.
The ox is depicted by a dairy cow, to recognize Canadian dairy farmers, especially Romandale Farms and its founder, Stephen B. Roman, Canada's foremost breeder and exhibitor of Holstein cattle and the guiding light behind the design and construction of the Cathedral.