Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cross of Bullets

The Cross of Bullets was designed by Kester, a Mozambican artist known for his Throne of Weapons and Tree of Life, both of which are in the British Museum.
"Bishop Dinis Sengulane's idea which led to the creation of an organization called "Transformacao de Armas em Enxadas" or "Transforming Arms into Tools". Bishop Sengulane was one of the people credited for creating the opportunity for peace following the Mozambique Civil War.  The "Transforming Arms into Tools" organization supplied the decommissioned weapons to the artists and his group for this and many other related pieces of sculpture. " (from wikipedia)
At the request of Bishop Jim Curry, Kester, who is as part of a co-operative called Associação Núcleo de Arte in Maputo, created the cross from the remnant bullets that were decomissioned after the civil war.  It was presented to me as a present.  It reminds me that we need to rid ourselves of these weapons and seek peace in our world.  For upon the cross, Christ has taken all the violence, all the weapons, and bore the pain and suffering.  He will redeem us all and lead us down the path of peace.

Bishop Dinis Sengulane and his wife Helena (and me!)

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