“Up is Down, Down is Up” was created by Filipino Jesuit Priest and Contemporary Christian artist Fr. Jason K. Dy, SJ, and features 160 prayer intentions on gift tags, mixed with threads and lightbulbs.
The prayers were collected at a nativity scene set up this Christmas in Liverpool City Centre and organised by the Liverpool City Centre Chaplaincy, Mission in the Economy.
On seeing the prayers, which were placed on a tree next to the nativity, Father Dy was inspired to create the three-layered work exploring the paradox of divine revelation, incorporating an innocence of child’s play, and offering a communion in secular urban space.
The site-specific is work is set up in the former chancel (choir) area of the newly refurbished church of St. Margaret’s, acting as an alternative chandelier with its seven 40-42 watts LED clear bulbs.
It is part of “The Real Christmas,” an annual appeal for prayer intentions during Advent that culminates in an ecumenical prayer service and thanksgiving.
The installation will be in place until 31st January at St Margaret’s Church, Princes Rd, Toxteth.