Sidedoor Arts Trust - Interactive Art Installations

Silent Auction - Pentecost Banners

This is a fundraiser for the Side Door Arts Trust
Majendie Handmade Flax Paper PENTECOST BANNERS (19 in total)
30 May - 13 June 2010 

At Oxford Terrace Baptist Church:
286 Oxford Terrace (corner Madras St), Christchurch, New Zealand.

Tuesdays (1 & 8 June) 6.30-7.30pm
Thursdays (3 & 10 June) 7-8pm
Saturdays (5 & 12 June) 12-1pm

Or during church office hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9am-2pm
Also during Sunday morning church service: 10.30am

Each piece has an undisclosed reserve. The highest bid will only win the auction if it meets or passes the reserve. Auction closes at 12.30pm Sunday 13 June, no extensions. Winners do not need to be present as the auction closes, they just need the highest bid above the reserve. There is a bidding book in the church that can be added to at any viewing time. 

If you are not in Christchurch and would like to make a bid, Mike Crudge is happy to place a bid on your behalf, his contact details are below. Any successful out of town bids will have the banner rolled into a cardboard tube and posted free of charge anywhere in New Zealand with NZPost Track and Trace, or by some other method at the winners expense. Overseas postage can be arranged at the winners expense.

Auction contact: Mike Crudge 
Ph +64 3 366 3770
Cell +64 21 1005 915

Side door Arts Trust raises money to stage large scale art installations such as the Christmas Peace Labyrinth in Latimer Square each year. The Trust is a registered charity that has donee status with Inland Revenue and has been operating since 2002.

Transparent 100% pure flax. Hard to recognise where it came from. A thing of beauty which had to undergo a long and bruising process to get there. Chopped in the guillotine, boiled in caustic soda for 3 hours, rinsed for 3 hours, put through a waste disposal unit, the pulp is then fed into a kitchen food processor for 10 minutes. The resulting fine pulp is then ready to be suspended in water, then screened to form paper. 
All that we go through is significant in our faith journey – eventually we will be 100% truly ourselves. In so doing we will be more like Jesus than we can imagine, as he was the only person who has been truly 100% consistently himself. As the paper is vulnerable, transparent and fragile, so shall we be.

The paintings are a depiction of the descending Spirit of God – the dove and ascending and descending flames. The letters depict language – all falling and jumbled but meaningful to the hearers. The use of flax seed pods, which contain hundreds of seeds in each pod, speaks of the abundance of God. The map of New Zealand gives some banners a distinctive Kiwi flavour. There is a multi-layered, veiled effect. 
Each painting is painted on 1 x 1.8 metre handmade flax paper, some are larger.

Peter (with Joyce) is world famous, in the world, for his large-scale outdoor, public sacred spaces and worship events at Christmas and Easter in Christchurch. Their 1000 straw-bale Peace Labyrinth takes over Latimer Square and opens 24 hours a day for 5 days. Shipping containers, 8 metre lengths of hand-made paper, thousands of pavers and a thousand umbrellas have been his recent materials for creating worship events inside and outside the church. 

There are photos of all banners. It needs to be noted that these photographs may not be a perfect colour representation of the original due to the difficulty of getting consistent lighting, and the flax paper being slightly transparent... There are more photos on facebook here:

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