Our new Christian Art Club embarked on a daunting first task to create a large scale art installation for Easter. We looked at pictures of various installations in churches and cathedrals around the country to give us inspiration and brainstormed ideas together. Because the installation was to be located in the school restaurant we decided on a food/drink theme to link it to its location and finally decided on the idea of creating a large chalice/communion cup with various elements in red streaming out to represent the wine. Year 7 students were tasked with making the red origami birds, whilst other students created stained glass effect fish and origami flowers. The great thing about art is that there is never just one meaning behind the piece.
“On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.”
Whilst artists may have their own concept for their creations art is always open for interpretation by the viewer. People will relate to the same artwork in entirely different ways and so the installation was always intended to be a talking piece, allowing room for individual interpretation. For some the birds represent the freedom that Jesus’s death and resurrection brings, for others ‘living life to the full’, whilst for others they represent the holy spirit. The flowers represent new life, flourishing, God’s creation. The fish have reminded people of Jesus’s words to his disciples that he would make them ‘fishers of men’.
Christians all around the world will be remembering and celebrating this Easter the love of God for His creation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The sharing of bread and wine will be an important part of that celebration just as it was at the Last Supper thousands of years ago. We hope the installation will be a real talking point and remind us as we eat and drink together of Jesus’s words to his disciples and the reason for our Easter celebrations.