Cathedral's messages of hope during Easter lockdown

A series of images of hope were projected onto the facade of Lichfield Cathedral over the Easter Holy Week, to help inspire others during the Covid-19 crisis.

Christ's death and resurrection, messages of hope and support for the NHS were among the art images displayed.

The images were created by Luxmuralis Artistic Director and Lichfield Cathedral’s artist in Residence Peter Walker.

Cathedral teams here joined many across the country in offering alternative ways of marking Easter during the lockdown. In Lichfield they held a digital prayer wall and broadcast services live over social media, to help bring communities marking Easter together.

The Palm Sunday image of Duccio's Entry into Jerusalem Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor

"Every Cathedral stands as an icon of hope, sanctuary and assurance. Lichfield is no exception - It’s our job to make sure the Cathedral can still get its message out during this period of restriction and lock-down.

The Very Revd Dean of Lichfield, Adrian Dorber
A simple message of hope Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor

"Although we are currently unable to welcome visitors to the Cathedral, it is our intention to offer support to our community, bring our services to people online and through these beautiful projected images, continue to let this 800 year building offer hope and inspiration".

Simon Warburton, Cathedral Executive Director
The world emblazoned with rainbow colours on another Easter projection Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor
The Holy Wednesday projection was of a single candle, to symbolise the many prayers being held Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor
Thursday night's message was dedicated to paying tribute to the NHS and other key workers Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor

"Art has always been something that continues during times of crisis. It is uplifting to see the thousands of innovative and creative ways by which people at home around the world are responding to this crisis.

Peter Walker, Artist
Maundy Thursday also had this projection, recognising the Last Supper of Jesus Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor
Good Friday's projection was an image of the Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor
Easter Saturday's projection was a ‘Dove of Peace’ Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor

All the images were released on the cathedral's social media each night, and the Cathedral clarified that the image projections weren't public performances to attend.

Easter Sunday's projection had rainbow colours to symbolise hope and joy Credit: Luxmuralis/Peter Walker, Sculptor

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