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Les Colombes: The Doves by Michael Pendry

Through March 7

In the US for the first time after global acclaim, German artist Michael Pendry’s Les Colombes: The Doves will be presented in the cathedral. Two thousand paper doves, symbols of spirit and peace, will soar in a 45-foot long aerial sculpture. Volunteers from our congregation and the community will fold the doves, whose wings will bear messages of hope and inspiration.

A special light-and-soundscape will accompany the visual spectacle of Les Colombes from 7:30 to 9 pm on the dates below. Come any time to experience it.

Les Colombes Performances:

  • Saturday, December 8
  • Sunday, December 9
  • Monday, December 10
  • Tuesday, December 11
  • Saturday, December 15
  • Sunday, December 16

About the Artist

Constantly oscillating between Munich and London, Michael Pendry shaped his understanding of space, light and shadow at the Rosenheim academy studying interior design and stage design (1994-1999). The basis for his art installations Pendry got from the subsidiary subjects stage design and scenography, allowing today’s light dramaturge to alter our familiar perception of everyday objects in a fundamental way: a concern that keeps Pendry’s motivation alive. He was able to gather his first practical experience as a stage designer during his placement at the Residenztheater in Munich. The theatre lover worked for two seasons as a set assistant under the former artistic director Dieter Dorn. The “Werkraum” of the theatre, owned and run by the city of Munich, a rehearsal room for theatre youngsters, served as the playground for the artist’s experiments. Pendry also underpinned his love for the theatre world as an actor on stage. As a lay actor he now has several smaller jobs at the Pathos-Theater in Munich under his belt.

Pendry is driven by his desire to get through to those people for whom visiting cultural facilities is rather unusual, always pushing the boundaries of art, light and multimedia. Apart from “Das apokalyptische Weib“ the light and video installations “Sacre Coeur“ and “Störung“ (Disturbance), staged inside several Munich churches, were further highlights in the career of this multimedia artist.

Michael Peter Pendry’s light installations were presented to a larger audience for the first time in 2005. On the occasion of the ”Lange Nacht der Museen“ (long night of museums) in Munich more than 10,000 visitors of that cultural event were able to marvel at the visual compositions created by this multimedia artist, who was born in Stuttgart. “Das apokalyptische Weib” (The apocalyptic Woman) is what the German with English roots called his opus; here, he projected a firmament onto the vaults of the Jesuit church in Munich. His latest works in public spaces ” Red Carpet” and “Les Colombes” had over 200,000 visitors.

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