Wooden murals on display at church

A mural by Ed Lantzer depicting the Last Supper displayed at Monroe Community Church. (Oct. 19, 2014)
A mural by Ed Lantzer depicting the Last Supper displayed at Monroe Community Church. (Oct. 19, 2014)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A series of murals made from wood that took two decades to craft is being displayed for the first time in West Michigan at a Grand Rapids church.

Artist Ed Lantzer chose to become homeless in his 50s and started creating the murals, which he said he was called by God to do. He sometimes worked for days without sleep.

He worked on his murals, which are made out of tiny pieces of wood cut into diamond shapes, for 20 years. He used 150 types of natural wood.

The murals, which show scenes from the Bible, are filled with hidden words and messages.

“Everybody gets something different out of it. You just experience whatever you want, and Ed would tell you as you’re going through the panels, you decided what you want to see,” said Debra Heinzelman, a friend of the artist.

Lantzer died in 2009.

The art will be on display at Monroe Community Church on Monroe Avenue at Sixth Street until January. The murals can be viewed Mondays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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More information:

“The Mural Writer” – A book about Lantzer

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