With a core group of committed volunteers, including myself, we fabricated this installation using pool noodles, foam insulation, wood, wire and paint.
It adorned the main hub at the Grace Fellowship Church in Timonium during the Easter weekend, first in the Maundy Thursday room where it started as a simple cross, then on Good Friday where we added a 7 foot crown of thorns hanging off to one side, and finally the crown drops symbolizing Jesus conquering death while flowering White Lily vines spring from the remains. A true death to life tale unfolding before our eyes!
Easter @ Grace 2018 Behind the Scenes
Watch the Behind the Scenes video of the GVAT crew making the spectacular art installation for the Grace Fellowship Church Easter 2018 season!
Grace Fellowship Church Christmas set, December 2017
I've had the privilege of volunteering my time and talent towards creating beautiful stage sets for our church congregation side by side with some great people. First in the creative process is Shawn Slater, Creative Director, who relays the vision. Then Carpenters Cary Lyon and Tom Hayden get to work building the necessary components. Finally myself and a few volunteers, namely Zoe Kumpf and my son Jacob Seese paint, stain or otherwise finish the parts to make a final product! Then Shawn comes back in with some help from the Doug and the Media team for the installation. It's a beautiful thing!
This time I was asked to make these long boxes look like solid "Biblical" timber. I imagined they were cut from the Cedars of Lebanon spoke of in the BIble. Before staining with a Mahogany stain I beat them with a hammer, crow bar and even a chain to create a distressed, weathered look. It was very therapeutic.
Grace Fellowship Church, Easter Set, April 2017
It all starts with framed walls built by Cary Lyon and Tom Hayden, the church construction team essentially. Then myself and my high school volunteers Zoe Kumpf, Owen Goffigon and Jacob Seese descend on the frames with chicken wire, paper mache and primer adding some popcorn texture spray to simulate rock. This time we did not paint the rock but left it white to be lit on stage, partially due to time constraints, partially out of curiosity . Next time we would like to try carving the rock out of styrofoam blocks, applying a hardener to the surface and then painting them in a realistic fashion. All in all it was well received.
The best feature of this set had to be the roll away rock. During the service when the music neared a crescendo, light began pouring out from behind the circular block covering the doorway until the rock moved in unison with a loud scraping sound like brick against brick until the doorway was completely open. The congregation cheered for this at every one of the four services! Christ is ALIVE!!!
Sweet Spot, Grace Fellowship Church, August 2017
In late August 2017 Cary Lyon, Tom Hayden and myself began the construction and painting process for the Sweet Spot stage set for Grace Fellowship Church after consulting with Creative Director Shawn Slater about the design. It involved cutting and assembling quite a few frames of different dimensions and constructing light poles out of pvc. Everything was painted black before assembly and then arranged on stage by Shawn.