Course: Charters of the Faith
Lead Faculty: Brent Poirier
Editor’s Note: Below is Belinda Hill’s explanation of the 3-D paper sculpture she created to help her understand what she learned about the Tablet of Carmel, the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and the Tablets of the Divine Plan.
I created an art book (almost a 3-D paper sculpture) that represents my understanding from this course. I have made a book or series of books for each of the Wilmette courses that I’ve taken. Creating a piece of art helps me synthesize what I’ve learned. This one was harder, and I think it was because of the enormity of these documents to the Bahá’í world.
It’s hard to show a 3-D piece clearly from photos, but the folded title page rests on three supports signifying the three documents. This top piece that represents the covenant is firmly attached to the three supports of the Tablet of Carmel, the Will and Testament of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and the Tablets of the Divine Plan by ‘Abdu’l- Bahá. Hidden in some of the pieces that make the supports are important concepts and ideas related to the documents—the Guardian, Mt. Carmel, the House of Worship, the Covenant, obedience. It is self-supporting and upright but is also a little flexible.