This window is a response to racism, violence, and the longing for a just world.
It’s in 16th Street Baptist Church, in Birmingham Alabama — a community central to the civil rights movement. It was bombed by the KKK, in 1963, killing 4 kids and wounding many. This window was a gift from the people of Wales, as the congregation rebuilt.
Christ is free, here, bursting beyond the bounds of the cross. Black skinned, he identifies with his beloved people, especially those who suffer oppression.
The text comes from Matthew 25 — a line repeated as both blessing and judgement (v. 40 and 45).
chilean artist ivan navarro – recognized for his innovative use of light – teamed with french sculptor courtney smith to re-envision the humble park bench for art public during art basel miami 2012. the duo infiltrate the urban landscape through the means of two contrasting materials – the density of cast iron and the fragility of neon tubes, to create an object that contradicts the function of both. this results in an artistic composition that conflicts with the role of its traditional audience – the public, usurping the role of urban furniture. art public is a specialized platform to present outdoor sculptures, interventions and performances within an open and public exhibition format.