Wednesday, January 13, 2016


January at Sunderland Minster again sees the installation of artwork marking Holocaust Memorial Day (27 January; this year’s theme is Don’t Stand By), including ‘Babel’ by Barrie West.

‘Babel’, depicting businessmen (crafted from toy soldiers) climbing over a glittering tower constructed of guns, confronts us with the global arms trade. We have chosen to site the work at right-angles to both the birth of the Prince of Peace (the crib scene will remain in the south transept until the end of January) and his crucifixion (on the wall above the altar in the Bede Chapel). Here, it is held in tension, caught in the cross-hairs of love.

Here, we too are held in tension…

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