“God Is Love,” Altar Piece for Brorsons Kirke, 2013
Open: 400 x 200 cm; Closed 200 x 200cm
Spray paint and acrylic on canvas wooden framed triptych.
Frame design and construction by Tue Bondo Arentoft
Photos by Nikolai Irinov
One of the most important works of art in my entire career is the altar piece at Brorsons Kirken in Copenhagen. In collaboration with my good friend, architect Tue Bondo Arentoft, I had the marvelous opportunity to create this large scale graffiti triptych, complete with custom built framing, vintage hinges, and hand painted calligraphy.
The central motif is a graffiti piece that says “God Is Love.” The scripture which contains this actual phrase in the Bible is 1 John 4:8, which reads “He that does not love does not know God, because God is love.” While the center piece says “God Is Love” in English, the side panels contain the beginning of the scripture, in Danish on the left side and in Arabic on the right side. In effect, the side panels begin the scripture in these respective languages, and the center panel completes the message.