A while back, the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church was busy collecting signatures of people in the Church and its community. Visitors to carol services, customers in the Dovetail Café, and all the groups who use the premises were being invited to sign in charcoal or chalk on special paper.
These names have now been turned into a work of art by an artist, Rev David Hollingsworth, who is skilled at community works of art.
This morning, over a hundred people gathered in the Dovetail Café with Revd David Hollingsworth, a Methodist minister in Christchurch and Wimborne who is a trained artist, to put together hundreds of signatures representing all who use the premises.
First, the pages of names were torn then rejoined to create dovetail joints recalling the naming of the centre 25 years ago as a means of linking the Church with the surrounding community.
The pages were then stuck onto a large canvas and painted over. The finished artwork has been hung prominently in the Dovetail Centre as a focus and a talking point.
The result is absolutely breathtaking.
Revd Peter Cornick, minister of Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church and Revd David Hollingsworth with the final painting:
Barbara Lowe from the church said, at intervals throughout the morning, David explained the multiple layers of meaning to be found in the imagery. He referred to the story of Jonah and its parallels with the death of Jesus, the denials of the disciple Peter and his later declarations to the risen Jesus, the centrality in the Bible of Psalm 118 verse 14b: ‘the Lord has become my salvation’, words which are the meaning of the name ‘Jesus’.
How does this work of art speak to you? How does it connect to your soul? This may trigger your emotions, so feel free to share your thought with the readers in the comment section below.
You are welcome to the Dovetail Café to appreciate the art work, and share your thoughts.
(hat tip: Barbara Lowe)