Sheet metal, gold
height 78 cm
in prayer –
vision takes form
During a time of prayer and
worship at our "Bread of Life“
spring community weekend I had a mental image or vision of hundreds of
people drawn together and forming a large vessel reaching heavenward. I
made a sketch of this image.
This vessel appeared to be
filled with the light of God and the light was able to penetrate to the
darker outside through gaps between the people.
I had the impression that
this vessel represented the body of Christ - God’s people, his church.
Generations and generations of Christians have composed this body. It visually
depicts how Christians are all inter-connected, those who came before us,
those who are with us now, and those who will come after us. This trans-generational
vessel connecting heaven and earth is built by God himself.
together in hope
Some weeks later, after I
had sketched this vision, I was invited along with other artists to compose
a piece of art for the gathering of 600 Christians from Europe and Lebanon
for the On
Holiday week together in Belgium this past August.
of the week long event was: "rejoicing
together in hope – a taste of heaven".
I felt intrigued and then
the vision of a sculpture quickly came to my mind. In a flash I saw not
just an idea or rough sketch, but the finished piece. I knew this is what
I should create as a sculpture. The challenge was what technique to use.
in pain and suffering
Cutting the shapes of little
figures out of a sheet of metal, literally hundreds of them, was a very
tiring and exausting work. My fingers hurt; and I got blisters on
the palm of my hand.
It became quite boring and
I had to be alert, not to just cut the metal in a mechanical, lifeless
way, but to do it purposefully, always remembering the theme of our
gathering: rejoicing together in hope – a taste of heaven.
prayer and adoration
a period of tedious work I started to listen to Christian music as I continued
to prepare the metal figures. The music lifted my spirit to praise God
in thanks and adoration. The sculpting was no longer just boring and difficult,
but part of the prayer. And I realised that this experience is actually
what this sculpture is about: God’s people, together, united by the light
of God, through prayer and adoration, forming one body in Christ.
a Christian and being part of the body of Christ is not always easy or
comfortable. Christian love includes sacrifice, toil, and sweat. Sometimes
we feel exausted, spent, and hurt. We get blisters and even bored sometimes.
the challenges and struggles didn’t stop me from pressing on with my work.
For every disciple of Christ, the day-to-day challenges don’t stop us from
pressing on. Jesus is with us every step of the way.
Pairs are ready to be welded…
… to form a vessel
Detail of inside of “people”
Gold leaves let the inside of
the sculpture glow