Love your enemy

A new Alpha & Omega Portal will be added to the work which artist Bjørn Nørgaard created for Christian Church in Fredericia, Denmark. It will complete the work he did for the church in 2001-07 entitled: You shall love your enemy. It consists of a gilded altar piece depicting the last supper, two candelabras and a giant glass mosaic above the altar.

Detail of relief/ Gilded altar piece by sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard, Danish church art
Bread and wine. Using the glass in the gilded altar piece is both humorous and poignant: Jesus holds a real bread and a real glass of wine. The ritual, the sacrament, is instituted here. All disciples have mugs and plates that stand out in the horizontal center of the relief, the table protruding. Hands and feet protrude the relief far more than the glories.
Detail of relief/ Gilded altar piece depicting the last supper, by sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard, Danish church art
Dinner lights. Jesus is flanked by six feminine disciples on his left hand, and six masculine disciples to the right. This made me happy! I work with feminine, diverse disciples too.

The silver candelabras depict Jesus alone in the garden of Gethsemane, and Jesus washing the feet of John. Besides being placed on the altar they seem to suit the supper table. Along with the bread and the wine they connect the various spaces – those of the physical church, the art, the humour and that of faith and spirituality. The Holy Spirit is present. My breath.
You shall love your enemy / Gilded altar piece and huge glass mosaic by sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard, in the Christian Church, Fredericia, Denmark
Contemporary church art at its best, in my humble opinion. The Alpha & Omega Portal will directly face the altar piece and will match the triangular architecture. The portal will be made with bronze as is the altar piece.
Part of glass mosaic by sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard, in the Christian Church, Fredericia, Denmark
There are 32 mosaics depicting 12 stories from the Old Testament and 12 from The New.
Section of the huge glass mosaic by sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard, in the Christian Church, Fredericia, Denmark
Abraham & Isac, Adam & Eve, St. John the Baptist, Via Dolorosa
Jesus calming the sea, detail in the huge glass mosaic by sculptor Bjørn Nørgaard, in the Christian Church, Fredericia, Denmark
Sea of Galilee, Jesus calming the storm. I’ve been working with the motif in clay.

Learn more about You shall love your enemy (Du skal elske din fjende) on the Bjørn Nørgaard website, and find images from the making of the Alpha & Omega portal on the artist’s insta.

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