This guy seems to have a bit of a headache. I cannot recall which church on the continent I came across him, but he is actually supporting the pulpit – the very place where the Word is preached. Ok, the pulpit is made of heavy marble, which would weigh anyone down, but the Word of God is a liberator and this chap is not a very good witness!
I wonder how it is for us, for you? Is the Word, which we find in the Bible, something that is too weighty, too complex? For some the Bible is a matter for scholarly study and interpretation and that is fine, but whether this is us or not, we all need to know that it is the living Word, recognised in Jesus Christ, who we need to know. This is a liberating, life-giving relationship – and no headache!
Another image from the Custard Factory in Birmingham. A wall created from rusted, crushed cars. Is this an image of our re-creation enabled by God in Christ?
The elements of who we are remain, but we are given a fresh purpose and shape and life.
Iron life-size figures float above your head. They are clearly drifting. You cannot tell what they are doing or where they are going. They are naked, only having their human identity.
How many of us drift through life, not sure what we are doing or achieving, and where we create identity through what we wear it is often fleeting, for the moment, and shallow.
These figures are an invitation, a prompt, to rediscover our purpose and identity as human beings, creations of God.