Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Artist: Ted Lyddon Hatten
Caption: This Good Friday/Earth Day installation included 40 jars of myrrh, acrylic on wood panel (5′ diam.), four bowls, candles, and a few LED lights. Worshipers were given a small envelope of myrrh upon entering the sanctuary. After a few words about myrrh (botany: it is secreted by the plant to staunch a wound; ancient liturgy: used as a burial spice; contemporary liturgy: burned as incense), worshipers were invited to pour their myrrh on the wounds of our world as they prayed for healing. These images cannot capture the sound the tears of myrrh made as it fell on the earth panel – think rainstick without the stick.
Images © Ted Lyddon Hatten
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