Bronze sculptor Mic Carlson was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1965. He has operated his own galleries in Grand Rapids and Saugatuck, Michigan. He has had 4 exhibitions in Italy, including a month long exhibition at the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, Italy. He displayed 16 bronze statues telling the story of St. Francis of Assisi. His wife Susan Evangelista has added a major spark in Mic's career, not only in her countless support but also documenting his creations and exhibitions on video for the best of 20 years. Mic also presented Pope Benedict a bronze sculpture of St. Francis at the Vatican in 2008. An 11 acre Saint Francis of Assisi sculpture garden for prayer and meditation in Grand Rapids is being built that will forever showcase the collection of 24 bronze sculptures by Mic. Mic continues to create large bronze monuments. His West Michigan bronze statues include a seven foot “Madonna of the Streets” located in the Garden of Life on Bridge Street, "Christ at the Pillar’” a seven foot bronze at Holy Redeemer in Jenison, "Living Cross”, a 13 foot bronze cross at Cascade Christian Church in Ada, Officer Robert Kozminski bronze located at Richmond Park. Early 2018, Mic unveiled his largest monument in front of the Basilica of St. Adalbert of "Jesus and the Children."
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“Francis venerated this TAU symbol with great affection, he often spoke of it with eloquence and signed it with his own hand in the letters he sent”.
The early biographies of Francis tell us that he used the TAU very often as an expression of his devotion to the Cross of Jesus. There are copies of some of his letters in which he made the sign of the TAU in his own hand. On the wall of the little chapel of St. Mary Magdalen at Fonte Colombo the usual design used by the Poverello traced in red is to be found.
St. Francis adopted the sign of the TAU especially because the very shape of the letter is the same as that of the Cross and so was a reminder to him of his Crucified Lord. He honoured and embraced it as representing God’s love for us.
Another connection of Francis with the sign of the TAU is his service to the lepers. When he embraced the leper he and he was devoted to that symbol of the “love of Christ, who willed to be considered a leper for our sake”
The TAU is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet and has the form of a cross.