The Romanian artist Liviu Mocan has taken five universal themes or archetypes, and is turning them into sculptures using 21st century technology, whilst drawing inspiration from the 16th century Reformation. This was a movement for spiritual and cultural reform that had an enduring impact on European society. Cambridge was the cradle of the English Reformation, and is now home to one of the world’s foremost universities – a global centre for learning, discovery and innovation.
The Archetypes are Revelation, Belief, Transcendence, Destiny and Sacrifice, and they correspond with the five solas which summarise the spiritual themes at the heart of the Reformation: sola scriptura (by scripture alone), sola fide (by faith alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone), and sola gratia (by grace alone).
The exhibition will stand outside Great St Mary’s Church in the centre of Cambridge from July-December 2018, and invites visitors into a multi-faceted conversation between history, art, technology, faith, philosophy and science.
The two videos below were made early in the creative process, when the exhibition was provisionally called ‘Five Foundations’.
“Liviu Mocan is one of the world’s premier sculptors, and I can think of no one more qualified to create visual art to celebrate one of the turning points of history. If I lived in the U.K. I would be standing on a soap box urging one and all to see this amazing exhibition”
Philip Yancey, author of ‘What’s so Amazing about Grace?’