A Brighton- based Christian arts group are using a large perspex box in the shape of a cross, to help people think differently about the season of Lent, and what it means.
The Lent cross, into which people are invited to 'post' their thoughts or prayers, is the project of 'Beyond' who use art and other creative means to enable believers to try non-traditional ways of exploring their walk with God, as well as to reach out to non-believers.
The installation has been placed at the heart of Brighton's historic North Laines for the season of Lent until Easter Saturday. It is hoped that this innovative display will create opportunities to speak to people of all walks of life about their own spirituality, as well as the Christian message.
Using slips of paper resembling board game bank notes with a space on each side for thoughts and prayers, people are also being invited to answer the questions, "what could, or couldn't I, do without?" The slips of paper are then posted into small holes set into the sides of the cross.
Martin Poole, a spokesperson at Beyond said: "Beyond was set up to embody the creative aspects of God in a way that would be familiar to the people of Brighton and Hove, who have a uniquely cultural and artistic outlook. The team seeks to constantly find fresh expressions of Christian faith by using public spaces and art or music venues to bring a fresh understanding of Christianity to the unchurched, dechurched and churched."
Each Sunday afternoon of Lent, the Beyond community share bread and wine at the site in a short act of devotion. This Lent observance will culminate in an event on Holy Saturday (7th April).
'Beyond' are best known for their 'living beach hut' Advent Calendar last December, a daily installation that featured a Christmas themed display held within the colourful beach huts along the Brighton beach front.
March 6th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Riyaza Rodriguez