Saturday, 19 December 2015
Beach Hut 79a
'When a Child is Born' may not be a traditional Christmas carol but its' message of hope and light and the story of a child coming into the world is very appropriate for the season and is played a lot at this time of year.
The artist for this evening was Lucy and she took this theme and created an intensely personal installation in hut 79a featuring pictures of her own baby and her family arranged around a crib placed in the middle of a very minimal hut.
The doors of the hut flanking the cradle held lifesize sketches of the father and mother of the baby, looking down on the bed where the baby should be laying but which in fact held a message of peace for the world.
'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God' was taken by some to be a message about the recent massacre in Paris.
Those who stepped into the hut were also treated to the sound of a baby laughing, making cooing noises and gurgling which made it feel as though there was a real infant presence in the hut somewhere.
Other sets of images included more quotations from the Bible including 'Truly I tell you, whoever does not received the kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it' and 'Jesus said let the little children come to me... the kingdom of God belongs to them'.
Our next hut is the second of the brick huts to be featured in this year's Beach Hut Advent Calendar and is number 1a, close to The View.