Shimmering finale to Tercentenary Year at Birmingham Cathedral

Over 2000 golden boats containing the journeys and stories of people from across Birmingham, of all faiths and none, have been suspended as a shimmering flotilla along the nave of Birmingham’s newly refurbished Anglican Cathedral. The installation is just completed after two long nights of work last week by artist Jake Lever and the Soul Boats technical team.

The Soul Boats we in place for yesterday’s first Sunday in Advent, 29 November 2015 and will remain on display until March 2016.

Birmingham Cathedral commissioned the artist Birmingham Jake Lever to create this installation for its 300th anniversary celebrations alongside the Something Good outdoor arts events at Birmingham Cathedral which took place through the summer. The Soul Boats have been made by people of all ages and backgrounds from many different faith and community groups including from Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Ravidassi, Quaker and other Christian backgrounds. School and community groups, homeless hostels, and arts festival audiences have also taken part. 

The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham says: 

It so exciting to host the stunning Soul Boats installation, in our newly restored cathedral interior. Soul Boats brings a glittering beauty that speaks about holiness and humanity. Each boat represents a real person and their life and they float overhead like a great golden prayer. This is a heartfelt offering, as well as a celebration, of unity among diverse communities and people of Birmingham who contributed to its making. Soul Boats, along with our new lighting bring new life to our cathedral building and to the famous Burne Jones windows



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