Location: inside Manchester Cathedral
Designer: Lisa Denyer, contemporary artist - www.lisadenyer.com
Location Notes: The Cathedral is one of Manchester's earliest sites (despite its current Victorian face) and part of the distinctive skyline. There has been a church on that site possibly since 923AD with evidence within of a Mancunian church dating from the 7th century! It also forms a part of the history of Sanctus 1, who have held several services there over the years, most recently as part of the Spirit of Life festival in May 2011, and who are part-funded by the Anglican church.
Shrine Notes: Imagine the history of the Cathedral, the people who have walked across its hallowed ground over many centuries. God has been worshipped both at its altar and through the innate peace of its gardens. Imagine yourself relaxing in warm sunlight, slowly moving over its ground. Thank God for the things, events, places and people that bring you peace.
Designer Notes: When I found out that my shrine location was going to be Manchester Cathedral, I decided that I wanted to include an example of some of my new abstract work. This is because my new paintings are largely influenced by architectural elements, such as light reflecting from windows, negative space and shadows cast by buildings. I have always been fascinated by shapes, silhouettes and simplified motifs. My new paintings depict geometric shapes and patterns, which are made using an approach that is meditative in its repetitive process. As part of my last project, ‘Crystal Abstracts’, I have also been looking at microcosm and macrocosm and the idea of universal designs that span the cosmos. I have been especially inspired by crystal formations.
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