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:
Shreds of paper brought together under the Lamb:
X-rays and MRI scans formed into a stained glass window:
New Jerusalem coming down to bring peace on earth:
The Son of Man rising above the powers of the earth:
Resolution of injustice for those seeking refuge:
For me, this was the most evocative image:
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.