Dave chats with  Michael Henderson, the artist behind last years Shorelines Art Installation on
the Tasmanian Parliament House Lawn for the 100th Anniversary of the World War One
Armistice. They talk about Hobart Baptist church  use of to encourage positive dialogue between
the city’s Christian community and the festival that so many churchgoers have actively opposed.
The church has commissioned an art installation entitled Breathe, Shine and Seek to
Mend, by Michael Henderson, the artist behind last years Shorelines Art Installation on
the Tasmanian Parliament House Lawn for the 100th Anniversary of the World War One
Armistice.
The centrepiece is a sculpture, a large human figure, wrapped in hessian bags, and tied to
a 5 metre high cross. This sculpture will be at the front of the church’s sanctuary, in a
dimly lit space, with attendees invited to sit in the church pews. The sculpture draws on
the symbolism of a “gangster disposing of a body” and Jesus’ crucifixion.
While questions have already been raised about the suitability of such a work to be
installed in the church, Senior Pastor of the church, Stephen Baxter, says, “Dark Mofo has
bought spirituality back into the public square.

I’m delighted we are able to partner with  Michael and enter into this space. My hope is that this profound yet confronting installation will cause us all to think deeply about the nature and purpose of faith.”
Artist, Michael Henderson says, “I wanted to ask questions about cover-up and about the Church in general. I wanted to explore the way the Church has used power to reveal and bury truth, to follow Jesus or hide from him. Ultimately I am asking whether truth can actually be buried?”
The installation will run alongside Dark Mofo, from Sunday June 16 to Friday June 21. It is
a free event.

On Monday, Tuesday and Friday there will be special guest music performances.