Picturing new heavens/earth

How to you picture the new heavens and new earth? Here’s how Aussie artists responded to the challenge.

What do you imagine when you hear of God restoring his creation, as a new heavens and a new earth?

Mandorla Art Awards challenged Australian artists to realize that image. Here are some of the results, displayed at Turner Galleries (Perth) in June 2018.

Pieces from a Jarrah tree, formed into a tree of life:

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Paul Drok, The Return to Paradise

Shreds of paper brought together under the Lamb:

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Rachel Peters, Redeemed

X-rays and MRI scans formed into a stained glass window:

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Simon and Naomi McGrath, The First Earth – Sickness and Death

New Jerusalem coming down to bring peace on earth:

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Corinne Barton, The Gold Circle

The Son of Man rising above the powers of the earth:

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Alan Morrison, Society-Ascent/Descent of Man

Resolution of injustice for those seeking refuge:

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Ian Johnston, Visions of a World Restored

For me, this was the most evocative image:

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Kris-Ann Ehrich, The Journey

Goal of the exhibition (based on Revelation 21:1-2):

This theme expresses the vision of hope that we have in a time when it is easy to see hopelessness.

The writer of Revelation came from a tradition of envisioning not just a change within their own experience of history, but a totally new beginning where seemingly impossible things would become real. This is an understanding of God that is at the heart of Christianity.

 

Author: Allen Browne

Seeking to understand Jesus in the terms he chose to describe himself: son of man (his identity), and kingdom of God (his mission). Discipleship Trainer • Riverview Church

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