Pastor reflects Marble Falls’ past, present and future in sculpture

MARBLE FALLS — The Rev. Jairo Lopez knows how to make large, beautiful things out of a collection of smaller individual pieces.

As pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Marble Falls, Lopez works every day to turn the 800 families in his church into a community.

As an artist, Lopez loves working with small pieces of glass to form stained-glass mosaics.

That’s why his vision for a sculpture to represent the past, the present and the future of Marble Falls will be seen for generations to come.

“When I work, I always think about a community, because when you put those little pieces together, you create a piece of art,” said Lopez, whose sculpture incorporates steel pieces from the old U.S. 281 bridge in Marble Falls and sits in front of the city’s visitor center, 100 Ave. G and U.S. 281. “But every piece is different. Different sizes, different colors. When they come together, they create a beautiful piece of art so it represents a community.”

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