Dale Thompson Fletcher, Another Treehouse, 1976. (Symbolism: Spirituality)

By Nickelson, Robert; Nickelson, Louise | School Arts, February 2003 | Go to article overview

Dale Thompson Fletcher, Another Treehouse, 1976. (Symbolism: Spirituality)


Nickelson, Robert, Nickelson, Louise, School Arts


Mixed media, 80 x 50" (203 x 187 cm). Courtesy of the Springville Museum of Art.

About the Art

This mixed-media work took Dale Fletcher a year to create. As a manifesto, it is saturated with his personal religious beliefs and ideas as expressed through symbols and sacred geometry. The tightly structured work uses proportions and shapes based on the Golden Mean, which is derived from the geometry that is found at all levels in nature.

In addition to its geometry, the artwork is full of symbols that create many layers of meaning. For example, the figure of Christ has the Great Pyramid on his chest. This pyramid represents Christ's role as head of the church. The top of the pyramid is missing because that space is so geometrically perfect that it cannot exist--it can only be conceptualized. Likewise, being the head of the church is a conceptual role. In addition, viewing the pyramid and intuitively "completing" it parallels the transformation that Christ can work on a believer's heart.

The title of the artwork, Another Treehouse, refers to Fletcher's earlier use of the treehouse as an ideal representation of the divine nature of all things, and his intensive study of sacred geometry and early Judeo/Christian theology.

About the Artist

Dale Fletcher was born in Logan, Utah on February 21, 1929. …

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