Christ Chapel Memorial Garden

Luna Moth Matrix

The Christ Chapel Memorial Garden was completed at Gustavus Adolphus College during the fall of 2013. The Memorial Garden is east of Christ Chapel and incorporates the Luna Moth Matrix sculpture and include a columbarium.

Sculptor Paul Granlund's "Luna Moth Matrix" is a metaphor of the promise of resurrection and renewal. Time and space are combined as the sculptor converts into mass the fluttering of moth wings, which normally happens in time. Movement is suggested in the posture and balance of one wing, suspended in space on its tip. Embedded in that wing is a fetal male figure indicative of the chrysalis state; on the opposite side, the wings carry the impression of an extended female figure implying liberation and flight. The original installation of the sculpture and landscape, completed in 1980, celebrated the memory of Douglas Sandberg '70.

Money raised through the Christ Chapel Memorial Garden project will strongly support the mission of Christ Chapel.

Reserving space in the Memorial Garden
The Christ Chapel Memorial Garden has capacity for 570 inurnments. There are single and double niches. Cost is per person is $2,000.

Memorial Garden Policies and Procedures
Inurnment Agreement
Inscription Examples
Inscription Agreement
Committal Service Request

For more information or to reserve a space in the Christ Chapel Memorial Garden, contact Kathy Chalhoub in the Chaplains' Office at 507-933-7446 or at

Christ Chapel Memorial Garden Architectual Drawings

Memorial Garden Drawing Memorial Garden Drawing







The Christ Chapel Memorial Garden was established through the support of the Phil '58 and Nancy Lindau Family.

Articles on the Christ Chapel Memorial Garden from the Gustavian Weekly and the Mankato Free Press from September 2013.

More information about a memorial garden and columbarium from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Informaton on transporting of ashes from the Cremation Association of North America.