An art installation – A Prayer for Bev

January 29, 2008




This mini installation was  the result of a group prayer for one of our group experiencing pain during her pregnancy.


 My wife, Theresa, led us through the process. We sat on cushions in a circle and entered a prayerful state. In the middle of the circle was fine white netting.  We were each handed a beautifully well worn stone. The stone was placed in an outstretched hand. All our hands were stretched towards the middle of the circle, over the netting. We could feel the weight of the stone in our hands.  We then turned the stone over in our hands and allowed our senses to experience it.  After this we gently blew and breathed on our stones.  Finally, we each took a turn to place our stone in, on, under, next to the netting as an expression of prayer. While the stones were being placed in unique and interesting places on the netting, the Tibetan singing bowl was softly played.


Installation art uses sculptural materials and other media to modify the way we experience a particular space. Installation art is not necessarily confined to gallery spaces and can be any material intervention in everyday public or private spaces. (Definition from Wikipedia)


4 Responses to “An art installation – A Prayer for Bev”

  1. timvictor Says:

    Hi Andrew,

    The Tibetan bowl looks like a bit of a compass in this shot. It sounds like it was a beatiful, challenging and intimate prayer session.

  2. Nic Paton Says:

    What worked was that there was a full overlap of the creative, the dramatic, the improvised, the ritualistic, the contemplative, and expectant faith.

    I think the power lies in a continual acknowledgement of sprites of all manifestations and personalities.

    Theresa – I look forward to more of this sort of thing. Well done to say, “No, let’s NOT pray conventionally.”

    Andy – well done to perceive of this as installation.

  3. Theresa Hendrikse Says:

    “Make my life a prayer to you…” these powerful and challenging words of Keith Green’s echoed through our creativity as we prayed without words. If actions speak stronger than words, then our prayers were very strong. Our intentions were further strengthened by our restraint from reverting to the use of the spoken word. This conscious effort (and its associated tension) put emphasis on the actions and absorbed our attention and focus.

  4. timvictor Says:

    I think prayer without words can be a humbling experience. Words often express “our views”. Prayer without words means holding the person before Godde, yearning with the heart, embodying our prayers.

    I’m keen on more of the creative and more of the symbolic. This expanded language is challenging and stimulating and takes me back to being a child – open and engaging.

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