Natchitoches artist unveils “Faith” monument

Natchitoches artist James Borders unveiled a sculpture that honors the memory of his late wife, Lisa, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2018 at age 49. The soaring metal monument, “Faith,” stands about 40 feet tall at Trinity Baptist Church in Natchitoches and was two years in the making. The sculpture also honors Avis Borders Fletcher, James’ mother, and Margaret Pauline Chesser, Lisa’s mother. Both passed in 2020.

At the June 19 unveiling, which drew a crowd of family and friends wearing pink for breast cancer awareness, Borders explained the concept behind the sculpture.

“The central structure, the rectangle, represents the church,” he said. “It contains the trinity that is symbolized by three spears. The church is open, with the negative space, to always represent new flocks and being able to let them in. There are seven arcs that represent the creation and the day of rest. The two vertical arcs if you look to one side, you can see is the fish symbol.”



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