Death Let Go. Jesus Won’t.
The cross. This is the single point in history upon which our faith rests. The fact that Jesus sacrificed Himself and conquered death is what gives us hope and purpose.
This year at Riv, Easter was a standalone service, so there was no need for our set design to fit into a larger series. As such, we decided to construct a single cross to stand prominently in the center of the stage.
The body of the cross is built out of raw wood in which we drilled holes to wire marquee style lights. For our Holt, REO Town, and MSU Venues, we built crosses at 12, 8, and 6 feet respectively. They were held together with pocket screws and mounted on plates of either MDF or metal. The lights are dim-able via DMX controller. On the whole we kept the lights fairly soft, but introduced a few soft pulses and swells intensionally during the service.
For our Westside Venue, we repurposed the cross that was hanging in the sanctuary of the church that previously owned the building. When remodeling the auditorium in the summer of 2015, we intentionally saved the cross so as to reuse it for this purpose, nodding back to the history and legacy of the previous church.