by Sara Horton
Eighteen local artists, including three teenagers, will bring Colorado Springs to the London Olympics this summer. Each of them, as well as artists from Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, the Pacific nations and Kona, Hawaii, constructed two matching acrylic pieces. When assembled, all of the pieces form two different sizes of the same image: a 6-by-24 foot mini setup and a 18-by-72 foot master setup of the Key of David, a prototype of which is pictured below.
“They are all from churches anywhere from Woodland Park, Colorado Springs, Monument, Black Forest, we’re from all over,” says Paulette Triplett, team leader and owner of Hidden Artist Workshop, of the participants. “And many different churches are represented.”
The release states that the collaborative art project, headed by New Zealander Bryan Pollard, is “a creative, demonstrative, spectacular, united expression of our corporate faith as artists based upon Old and New Testament revelation from God of the promise of the Key of David—Isaiah 22:22 and Revelation 3:7-8.”
If you don’t have a Bible handy for reference, the verses offer a “simple” message about the Key: “It opens doors no one can close and closes doors no one can open.”
You’ll have two opportunities this weekend to see the assembled setups before they travel across the pond. They’ll be on display today during a meet-the-artists reception at The Springs Church, 1515 Auto Mall Loop, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will also be in the foyer this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
From July 20 to 25, the master setup will be shown at Go4Glory International Arts and Sports Festival in Harpenden, England. It will then be moved to Methodist Central Hall Westminster for the duration of the Olympics, and the mini setup will be at St. Margaret’s Church in Westminster Abbey. Triplett described the locations as “central” to the city of London.
You can see more prototypes of the setups here.