Friday, April 10, 2015

Healing fire in Northern Ireland: a temple that was built to burn

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Katrin Bennhold
Visitors inside the 75-foot temple in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, a city with long Catholic and Protestant divisions. Credit Paulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York Times
IRELAND---Burning a 75-foot-tall pagan temple in a Republican Catholic enclave on the loyalist Protestant side of town to “bring people together” seemed, well, mad. “It worked in other parts of the world,” said the artist, David Best, whose temples usually burn in the Nevada desert at the Burning Man festival. By the end of last week more than 60,000 people in this city of 108,000 had come to the temple and left their messages. “For a united Derry,” pleaded one. Catholics and Protestants, some 15,000 of them, came and jointly watched it burn. [link]

The temple was set alight on March 21, after more than 60,000 people had placed messages inside, such as, “For a united Derry.” Credit Paulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York Times