Niki Hastings-McFall

Nuclear Rosary - White Sunday

Nuclear Rosary - White Sunday by Niki Hastings-McFall

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An essential part of Catholic practice, the rosary is taken here as a symbol for the Church as a whole. The work intersperses flowers, which glow in the dark as if contaminated by radiation, with rosary beads. Hastings-McFall comments on the effect the Church has had in Pacific communities, stating ‘These works equate the often disruptive Christian missionising of old with yet another arrogant and destructive colonist visitation on the Pacific—that of nuclear testing and the transport of nuclear waste.’ (Flaunt, 2003)

Nuclear Rosary - White Sunday
Niki Hastings-McFall
Production date
plastic flowers, rosary beads, crucifix, sterling silver and fishing line
1120 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2000
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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