Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church located on Wall Street in Manhattan is in a unique position.
Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church located on Wall Street in Manhattan is in a unique position. It has a memorial garden for cremated loved ones in lower Manhattan. And they also have planned estate giving for congregants. Their illuminated two volume memorial books publicly acknowledged these gifts.
The decision was made that the names of those being memorialized were to be inscribed on their birthdays. The year was to be omitted. The reason for their name being in the book was to be noted with a symbol.
The illuminated pages at the front of each book explain the purpose of the symbols. And the penwork around memorial book visually refer to the carved gothic revival motifs in the display case.
The custom leather post bindings make it possible to remove pages and have them filled in by the calligraphers off site. These books are designed to be filled in over the next couple of hundred years. And therefore the materials used reflected this emphasis in longevity and durability.
The book binding is by Paul Vogel Bindery using artwork created by TWS's Creative Services Department. The custom display case was hand carved by The wall where the book is displayed was repaired to look as if it had never been damages by decorative painter.
After the book had been displayed for a year, the decision was made to create a framed illuminated piece which gave the same information as the front pages in each book.