[this is part of a series of blog posts on art in holy week - see also
- art in holy week day one: the lent cross delarosa
- art in holy week day two: raised in leeds
- art in holy week day three: the create project
- art in holy week day four: the easter story engedi arts
- art in holy week day six: stations of the king's cross
- art in holy week day seven: noesis
- art in holy week day eight: the resurrection ]
last week i was in sheffield and beth took me to see soul of sheffield which is a project ric stott is getting under way. ric wrote to various letting agencies in the city asking for a space to use for community art and has been given a floor of an office block which is a pretty huge space. using all recycled materials he has mapped out the city. he has then written to all sorts of groups and people to come and participate over three months to add to the cityscape.
Choose a building or a part of the city that holds significance for you, that is part of your story, and make it in as simple or elaborate way that you like (we have plenty of art materials to use) then put it in place along with everyone else’s creation. In this way the piece of art will grow and evolve with our different stories just as the city itself has. The model city will develop in unpredictable ways as we interact with each other and offer our unique contributions and we will record that exciting process on our website.
there is also a line of large luggage labels with years written on and people will be invited to add their sheffield stories to this storyline. why? to get at the soul of sheffield... ric also said to me when we chatted about it that he saw his role as a minister (he is a venture fx pioneer) to discern the presence of christ in the city and help others to see it. he has set up a camera with time lapse camera so the journey of soul of sheffiled over the three months will be compressed into a movie. read about it here