Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Mule Love It
By Reda Abdel Rahman
Donkeys are significant symbols in both Islam and Christianity. They are mentioned several times in the Qur'an, and it was a donkey that took Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. From today a unique interfaith art exhibition is taking place at St. Paul's Cathedral;Caravan consists of a collection of twenty-five fibreglass sculpted donkeys by both Egyptian and and Western artists. By exploring the similarity of religious beliefs rather than scrutinising the differences, it is an important step in the in the aim for 'peace and compassion'.
These life size sculptures have travelled al the way from schools and hotels in Cairo, and will be available to see until the 23rd September. Typically tickets are £16 (£14 concessions), but you can see them for free if going for services.
Fifteen of the donkey's will be on sale at the cathedral, while the remaining ten will be auctioned off after the show. Although I don't know which ones are for sale, the most standout sculpture is by Reda Abdel Rahamn, who made a very topical piece; one side of his donkey depicts the Egyptian army, and the other, the Muslim Brotherhood.