Today’s view of the neighborhood is the Chapel in the Dunes. On top of the highest dune in Port Aransas sits a tiny chapel. It was built in 1937 by Aline Carter who later became the Poet Laureate of Texas. It was in this chapel that Ms. Carter gave Bible lessons to the children of Port Aransas.
In the 1970’s Texas Artist John Cobb was inspired by Ms. Carter’s memory to paint the walls and ceiling of the chapel. His artistry along classic lines of the ancient biblical painters took over three years to finish.
So come with me on a tour.
We start with a long climb to the top of the dune
We see the chapel at the top
The woman to the right will give you an idea of the size of the chapel. Very tiny.
Inside there are several pews, and you can begin to see the result of John Cobb’s work. The altar in the center of scenes depicting the multiple religions of the world. You can also see that the floors made of pieces of granite cut in the Texas hill country and shipped to Port Aransas. The altar is solid marble.
As you enter the Chapel facing the altar the walls on the left depict scenes from the Old Testament of the Bible and the right from the new.
Here is a sample of the left wall showing Adam and Eve and other stories.
Here is the right. Although hard to see, New Testament events such as the coming of Christ are recreated.
Here is a shot of the back wall. This is a summary of faith with Christ (in the center above the door) holding the keys to heaven (left) and hell (right).
The final shot is a thank you to our Docent Laura Davis for taking us on the tour.