docklands

i was talking with Bruce the other day, who is working for the Victorian Council of Churches down in Docklands in Melbourne.

Docklands is a new ‘designer’ development on the waterfront, on the edges of melbourne cbd. It’s still in construction – apartment living, water views, cafes, restaurants, the odd tv studio and bank headquarters. It’s very new, very clean, very corporate, very expensive. A one bedroom apartment, without water views, starts at A$400000.

Bruce has the role of creating a Christian presence in the Docklands… we had a long conversation about the various shapes that could take as we wandered along the edge of the water. In particular, we wondered what the intention of the Christian presence would be… how does one not fall in to the traps of acting like the worst of missionaries – do we have the right to go in and name the evils of the culture without respecting and loving the people first…

tricky.

The tentative plan at the moment is to do some multimedia installation stuff in a cafe there on the theme of water – offering a visual prayer, as such, that someone might connect with. And we’ll get drink coasters produced as well, to match.