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This Last Supper mosaic is one of 15 Stations of the Cross crafted by local artist Lance Jost near the Saddleback Church in San Juan Capistrano. Visitors can find the trail of stations on the west side of the I-5 freeway between Avery Parkway and Junipero Serra, next door to the Mercedes Benz Dealership. Photo courtesy Donna Jost.
This Last Supper mosaic is one of 15 Stations of the Cross crafted by local artist Lance Jost near the Saddleback Church in San Juan Capistrano. Visitors can find the trail of stations on the west side of the I-5 freeway between Avery Parkway and Junipero Serra, next door to the Mercedes Benz Dealership. Photo courtesy Donna Jost.

By Allison Jarrell

Visitors to Rancho Capistrano’s Saddleback Church can now enjoy a trail of mosaic scenes showcasing the 15 Stations of the Cross, thanks to the craftsmanship of local artist Lance Jost.

Jost, who lives in Dana Point with his wife Donna, completed the stations last month following two years of meticulous work. Jost has an extensive history of commissioned artwork—from the famous 100-foot long Electric Lady Mural, custom-made in the 70s for Jimi Hendrix’s recording studio in Greenwich Village, to more recent mosaics on Dana Point’s Pacific Coast Highway pedestrian bridge. Jost also helped create the nautically-themed fountain in Dana Point’s La Plaza Park, along with landscape architect Yvonne English.

As a person of faith, Jost said he felt compelled to create spiritually-oriented artwork for the church. So in 2012, he began working with Saddleback Church to craft the mosaic Stations of the Cross. With the church’s surrounding open space, spring-fed lake and tree-covered trails, Jost said he was “overjoyed to have such a beautiful site” to work with.

Each mosaic scene is 3 feet by 4 feet, with the exception of the Last Supper which measures 4 feet by 8 feet. The stations’ sculpted figures are cast in glass so their color won’t fade, and each background is made of mixed mediums like stone and marble.

Jost said one of the most gratifying moments following the project’s completion was when he received an email from Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren, thanking him for his work. Jost said there’s been discussion of doing a large mosaic of Christ being baptized behind the church’s baptismal font.

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