A striking image has been used for Easter 2019 at Queen's Park Baptist Church, instantly recognised by many as being based on Glasgow’s most famous painting, “Christ of St John on the Cross,” by the Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dali. The painting hangs in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and was created during a period of Dali's life when he re-embraced religion after years of atheism (although he struggled with conventional faith). His work at this time explored themes of mystery, faith, science and reality.
On 26th February 2019, the third annual event in the streets of Strathbungo took place - Bungo Window Wanderland. Residents were invited to put up displays or installations in their windows to be viewed from the street by neighbours, fellow citizens and all who comprised the couple of thousand who wandered around Strathbungo that night.
Our 'QP image' was installed at the Moray Place home of the Roelofse family with the picture divided across seven window panels and spot-lit from within. The family used the opportunity to engage with folks as they toured around the huge outdoor gallery, inviting passers-by to come into their front garden for a closer look and enjoy a cup of tea, coffee with biscuits or hot soup.
This hospitality was unique at the event and was commented on by the Guardian newspaper reporter who described the picture as Glasgow’s religious icon with Mara dispensing 'fellowship and communion' below. The public reaction to our installation on Moray Place was fascinating with many stopping for a while to gaze, to reflect or reminisce or engage in conversation. Although only made from pen marks on tracing paper with coloured tissue paper and card, the installation touched some and marked a home where Christ was honoured.
The local scene that is depicted in the bottom window panels is not Dali’s Spanish fishing port but a view over Glasgow from Queen's Park showing our local landmarks, the Camphill spire, the city buildings and the hills to the north. The symmetry of a dark arc above the sky connects our Glasgow scene to the triptych above - signifying a higher dimension, an alternative perspective and a hidden eternal reality.
Early, on Easter morning, our fellowship has a tradition of gathering on the hill of Queen's Park to celebrate the Resurrection as we look out over city. The Bungo windows remind us to look up as well as out and glimpse the scene for the divine perspective.