“All Welcome. The crosses and tomb are in memory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Please take time to visit. Sit and meditate.”
Of course I then wanted to go check it out and wondered into the paddock and up to the 3 crosses. They were well made and clearly were put in place with some serious machinery, and it all felt so surreal with a glowing presence against the sky. There was the ‘tomb’ like bunker cut into the dirt with some more evidence of hard labour close by, and you had to bow down as you entered. Not sure why? Is there a significance of the small doorway? Once inside it was full of printed verses (that I don’t really understand) on the walls from what I assume is the Bible, an artwork and various pamphlets declaring the end of the world was coming- mostly.
As a man whose own beliefs don’t not always align with the Western ideologies of Religion- I do struggle sometimes to appreciate these narratives. Yet I’m also compelled to respect and appreciate that other peoples beliefs also take many forms and its not for me to question this. To build a monument like this takes it to the next level though, and there was definitely some interesting energy surrounding these structures. Should I call the number on the gate sign? Should I take the time to try and capture this persons portrait? Should I spend an afternoon with the maker? I’m fascinated to be honest, but I’m going to think for a while on this one. I’ve always wanted to explore people with such strong beliefs and make a series, so I might in the future.
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