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Polar Play Mural located at

The OdySea Aquarium, Scottsdale, AZ


To be completed Winter 2016




Photos by Richard Wehr

Installed by Scott and Matthew Donars, in October 2014, Luther's Rose mosaic resides in the outdoor courtyard of Living Water Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, AZ. The project took months to complete and contains 3271 tiles of various shapes, sizes, and colors. The tiles were constructed from mid fire clay and glazes fired several times at temperatures that will ensure a durable finish for outdoor foot traffic. Many of the blue tiles were glazed by children from the church's congregation. The original design of Luther's Rose, dating from the early 1500's was reinterpreted by local artist, Scott Donars, from Tile Artworks, to incorporate elements of Martin Luther's vision.

Public Art


Luther's Rose

Living Water Lutheran Church

9201 E. Happy Valley Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255


The black cross is surrounded by many different sized hearts that collectively form the larger heart, representing individuals who make up the body of the church. The white rose petals reveal angels of joy, triumphantly blowing trumpets above clouds, as Luther explained, "as white is the color of the spirits and the angels". Five green leaves represent service points through which Living Water Lutheran Church serves God. Surrounding the white rose petals are sky blue tiles in fluid shapes symbolizing living water as one of the paths to heaven. The gold ring, according to Luther, symbolizes that Heaven lasts forever and has no end. The mosaic is open to the public for your viewing pleasure.

Words cannot describe.