Studio Nathan Coley

The Lamp of Sacrifice (161 Places of Worship, Birmingham) 2000

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Production of 161 cardboard models of ever 'Place of Worship' listed in the Birmingham yellow pages.


Ikon Gallery, Birmingham


Photo Credit

Gary Kirkham

The Lamp of Sacrifice

Claire Doherty

John Ruskin’s treatise The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1848) opens with The Lamp of Sacrifice in which he extols in characteristic evangelical tone, “It is not the church we want, but the sacrifice; not the emotion of admiration, but the act of adoration: not the gift, but the giving.” In 2000,…