Love your enemy, accomplished

Alpha & Omega Portal, Christianskirken, Fredericia, Bjørn Nørgaard, 2015-19

I finally experienced the Portal. Alpha & Omega. Masterpiece by Bjørn Nørgaard for the Christian’s Church in Fredericia, Denmark. I love the Spirals! LOVE! Feet. The screw! The Selection. The execution. The inherit triangles.

The Portal completes the work You shall love your enemy (Du skal elske din fjende), which consists of glass mosaic and a superior altar piece of the Supper. My huge expectatoioons were fully met. I am Enthused. Full of gratitude towards the artist and the association who realised the work on what appears to be the Artist’s terms. I find it Sublime. As art and as church art. As an architectural grip. As an Association, Church and Society.

The Portal is opened by a light push on a magnificent button. The inside of the Gateway are mirrors scripted with select quotes from the Bible. It strangely strikes me as brave. My eye was caught first by gate 3, The revelation of John 3,8:

See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut

I love the combination of Greatness and Humor. That moves me. And so do the metallic mirror gates. How Wealthy we are. And how Equal. In this Portal and in the eyes of God.

Entrance

A beautiful, contemporary entrance to a church from 1931 which is further developed by its congregation. Larger than any one parish, the masterpiece by Bjørn Nørgaard conveys an obvious and beautiful opening for all. The work is first and foremost Loving and Merciful. It confirms my Hope for the Danish Folk Church. We eternal beginners are offered a great place to start or be strengthened.

Skyrocket

For the altar piece Supper, the vergers replace the bread of Jesus on a monthly basis and they pour more wine in His glass as the liquid evaporates. Organic matter and meaningful chores are intrinsic parts of the piece.

I shot only the photo above in all my awe.

I love the resurrection motive, it inspires my work too. Below is a photo from the church’s generous materials. See Nørgaards own documentation.

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.

Glimpse

Full moon, july 2019

Usually aware of the moon, the other night was an exception.
I was woken up by feeling the sound of rain. It was dry, the sound made me get up and out, to look up. A single blast of light next to the fine full moon. Possibly a plane leaving into the shades of the blackened clouds.
I want you to see me, said the moon.

Full moon surrounded by black clouds and shades of clouds. July full moon
After the flash of light to the right of the full moon on July 16 at 2:30