With Jeff, Sophia also made two pieces for the Great Joliet Prison Break-In on Aug. 25: an alpha piece and an omega piece. This was part of a larger display at the event by the Old Joliet Prison Burnt District Artists.
These are local artists who are extracting material from the old Joliet prison to repurpose and to use as the basis for creating art. All pieces will eventually auctioned to raise money for the Joliet Area Historical Museum, according to a September Herald-News story.
Sophia chose the alpha and the omega because she and her father incorporated pieces of the prayer railing from the chapel of the prison. Sophia said a particular Bible verse – "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:13 – gave her the inspiration for the concept.
But because of she and her father were incorporating a piece of the old prison, Sophia also wanted the pieces to have a second meaning.
According to Sophia, the alpha – or the beginning piece – uses more dramatic imagery to symbolize someone coming into prison to serve time. The second, omega – the end – has softer colors to represent leaving prison to begin a new and more reformed life.
"I wanted to do something simple and I thought fire and light was pretty much the simplest things to do and still look cool as stained glass," Sophia said. "I ended with heavenly clouds and things."