On Palm Sunday evening, our faith community hosted an art show. Initially my desire was simply to open the interactive mural to my friends, so that we could experience it together. I was content to sit there myself, just me and the wall, assisting the occasional person who might come through.
But the Friday people, who created the wall in the first place, went nuts. In two short days we transformed our meeting area into a full-on art show, with all sorts of homegrown creations and expressions. (I even showed two pieces of my own, if you can call “Spanking Night” a piece.) We had Brian Eno’s ambient music, redid the lighting with the funky Ikea lamps from our own home, and served wine and cheese.
The cumulative effect was amazing. We succeeded in creating a radically different space that invited people to slow down, explore, and talk. 40-50 people not associated with our faith community came! I really felt that it was a comfortable and interesting space for my friends to explore spirituality (the ‘E’ of my PEZ dream) without any “church” baggage. Too bad none of them came, because they suck!
Sorry, just kidding. No, I am not.
I definitely want to do this again. Rob & I were talking about how to make space for people to create, not just observe; the interactive mural was a start. Are there any talented tattoo artists around here who follow Jesus?
By the way, that evening I was finally able to “do the wall” in its entirety. I had ducked in and out of each station before, but to experience it as a whole, a journey… wow. I was amazed at how much it touched me. Thank you.
Here’s a 360-degree view of the space:
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And here is Rob’s amazing piece: a computer program that scours the web for new blog entries referring to “God” or “Jesus” and displays their titles. Essentially, it gives a real-time portrait of God as done by the blogosphere.
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While our kids were helping with the set-up, the display showed some, uh, interesting titles like “asshole” and “Jesus F____ng Rocks!”