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The Washington D.C. Temple is one of a series of detailed pencil drawings and paintings created by the artist Chad S. Hawkins. In 1989, at the age of seventeen, Chad started this unique temple series becoming the original LDS artist to involve hidden spiritual images in his artwork. Before drawing each temple, Chad visits the temple site to research its history, construction, and beautiful surroundings. He then returns to his studio to draw the temple by referring to his notes, sketches, and photographs.
Although not a replica of the Salt Lake Temple, the design of the Washington Temple is patterned after the Salt Lake Temple, with its similar shape and six towers. Beneath the tallest spire are colorful window panels that run from the ground to the top of the temple. The colors near the ground are vibrant reds and oranges, but as the panels rise, they give way to clearer tones of blue, violet, and finally white. The change in the colors is symbolic of the purity and clarity that enter a person's life as he leaves earthly concerns and aspires toward heavenly matters....The cleansing process symbolized in the window panels is described in the Doctrine and Covenants 93:1 Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am . ..To combine the symbolism in the windows and the promise made in the scripture, Chad drew a portrait of Christ in the clouds above the window panels.This comes in a 11x14 or a 16x20 print.
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