Each year the Christmas Journey and Easter Journey are our two major installational art projects. They draw together a band of volunteers and are aimed at a wide cross-section of the community. Their interactiveness allow people to connect with the Christmas and Easter stories at a deeper level.
THE PEACE LABYRINTH CHRISTMAS 2009
During Christmas 2009, visitors to Latimer Square encountered a continuous 60 hour outdoor Peace Labyrinth. The aim was to provide a still point in the midst of the busy Christmas season. The Labyrinth is an ancient practice which invites one to find peace as they walk a guided journey.
Within the labyrinth there were a number of art installations with different themes: world peace, peace in the community, peace in the family, peace with God, and peace within ourselves.
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS - AN EASTER JOURNEY
OPAWA BAPTIST CHURCH
The Stations of the Cross commemorate the last hours of Jesus leading up to His death on the cross. People are free to walk through at their own pace and contemplate this interpretation of the meaning of Easter.
This exhibition was a contemporary interpretation based on the ancient form of the Stations of the Cross, reworked as an interactive, mixed media, multi-sensory experience.
The fifteen stations used distinctively New Zealand materials (e.g. corrugated iron, barbed wire, wire netting, concrete reinforcing rod and mesh) and other media such as plaster, bronze, stainless steel, ice and x-ray photography, set in distinctive New Zealand flora (e.g. flax, cabbage trees). All these combined to give the art works a distinctive New Zealand flavour to transform the centuries old European Easter tradition into a post-modern genre. A unifying theme wasthe use of hands, either as an expression of the title of the station itself or the use of your own hands to interact with the art installation.
An Easter Journey was held for 10 years at Opawa Baptist Church
COVERINGS AND GOINGS
SPREYDON BAPTIST CHURCH, EASTER 2010
The old worn, broken umbrellas that were here on Good Friday, have been replaced by twice as many new white ones – the extravagance of God’s love and grace.
On Friday, there was the opportunity to place a small black umbrella in the cross of stone. The cross of stone is still there, but is now covered by new life. The black umbrellas, still under the covering but held in God’s 'hand’, have been replaced by full colour.
A LOAD OF RUBBISH?'
ST MARY'S IN MERIVALE, 7-19 APRIL 2003
A display of contemporary art installations depicting the seven words of Jesus from the cross.
Set within a modern-day Golgotha, using recycled materials and mixed media, the stations invited interaction and contemplation.