Stations in the Street
The Stations of the Cross began as a practice that pilgrims would have when they were retracing Jesus’ finals steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where he was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to the Holy City, they created these stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. Today, you can find this tradition on the inside of many churches.
This journey to the cross is not only a meditation of Jesus accomplishing what he came to do – the redemption of humanity through his own willful sacrifice – but it’s also a contemplation of Jesus silently participating in some of the worst aspects of being human. We see him being tempted. Betrayed by a friend. Convicted in an unjust system. Pain. Mockery. Public humiliation. Broken family relationships.
He was one who was not separate from our own pain.
I don’t think our deepest question is “Is there a God?”
I think our deepest question is “Is there a God that’s with us in all this?” That is a human question… not a church question. My church in Portland, OR is located downtown on a commuter bike path. Hundreds walk and bike past our church everday. I wanted to offer this meditation of God’s “with-us-ness” to our neighbors… without the prerequisite of entering into our building.
Not only did I wheat paste 13 posters to the outside walls of my church, but I made the artwork available online to anyone who wanted to do the same. The work has been printed and hung in churches from Calgary to Brisbane. Wheat pasted on walls from rural Iowa to Queens, NY. Viewed on the inside of hundred year old churches to outdoor screens in New Orleans for Fox Television’s The Passion Live event. You can see all the places this show ended up by searching the hastag #stationsinthestreet on Instagram.
If you would like to do this in your community, scroll down to the bottom to find out more!
PUT ON THIS SHOW
This show was intended to be shown during this Lenten season. Whether you hang it up all forty days, or just do it during holy week, I know the imagery will spark much contemplation and conversation in your community.
I want to make this available to everyone! But I also worked really hard to make a series of work that I think is really excellent. I would like to keep doing such work… and your support will allow me to do that. There are four options listed below.
1. GET THE ARTWORK
Click here for thirteen digital posters and one instruction pdf. Everything you need at a price you can decide.
2. EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR COMMUNITY
Click here for the entire show plus slides, a font package, and various informational pdfs.
3. EVERYTHING YOU’LL NEED FOR YOUR COMMUNITY PLUS MORE
Click here for #2 plus I’ll print, sign, and mail you the show.
4. LET’S WORK TOGETHER
Basically I’ll come out, hang the show, and speak with your community. Click here to email me to discuss options and details.
How should I print these?
I used Fedex Office to print out the images at 36 inches by 48 inches. I’m told you can do this Staples or any other large format corporate printer.
You want them to print on paper that is used for blueprints. It’s called bond paper. It’s very lightweight and fairly inexpensive.
At Fedex Office, they print in black and white for around 87 cents a square foot. That makes each one of these prints around $9… and you have 12 stations plus the description… so that makes printing out this show a cost of around $120.
You can always print the show smaller if you like. I have formatted all these images to print out at 36”x48” at the largest… and anything smaller is possible.
What if I’ve never wheat pasted before?
I watched this video of Sheperd Fairey walking through his whole process of putting art up. I found it extremely helpful when wheat pasting myself:
Included in the package is a recipe to make your own wheat paste… but I also found that this was a great product to use.
Can we hang this show inside?
Absolutely. You should make this fit best with whatever is best for your community.
Okay. Best of luck everyone. Let me know how I can help!