Easter reveals God’s ‘yes’ to the world
Every Easter the Side Door Arts Trust in Christchurch puts together an art installation to help people contemplate Jesus Christ’s final journey, death, and resurrection. Often these are based on the Stations of the Cross, which commemorate the hours leading up to His death on the cross.
Peter and Joyce Majendie are the driving force behind the Side Door Trust.
They design their installations to be contemplative but contemporary. Their Easter exhibtions have taken the traditional format of the 14 Stations of the Cross and reworked them with modern materials into interactive, multi-sensory experiences.
Jesus spoke to the daughters of Jerusalem, telling them not to
mourn for him but for themselves (Luke 23:28).
Among the Stations are Jesus’ address to the women of Jerusalem as he is being led to the place of his crucifixion. The wailed and mourned for him but he tells them to weep for themselves and their children.
Joyce says this is a very meaningful instance for her because Jesus provides women the means to set themselves free from the traditional roles and restrictions society places on them. However, following Him is not an easy path.
This is conveyed in the image of white evening gloves reaching out for the crown of thorns, gloves that will likely be ruined if they grasp the crown.
Another Station of the Cross is the judgment of Jesus. In one Side Door installation this is depicted as 100 pairs of shoes looking down on the fallen king on a chessboard. On one side of the chessboard there are footprints, where the observer can stand.
Peter says it is intended to let people contemplate what their own role might have been in the death of Jesus. The presence of the chessboard suggests we all play a lot of games with ourselves over what we profess our faith to be and what it is in practice.