Nathan Coley’s The Lamp of Sacrifice is an installation of sculptures. It is made up of all religious and spiritual buildings listed in the 2004 Edinburgh Yellow Pages. For the work, Coley stripped away all religious insignia from the buildings, and reconstructed them to scale in simple brown cardboard: uniting the buildings as one group or community. In 2015, The Lamp of Sacrifice was substantially damaged by water. The decision was taken to completely restore the work.
In this film, Nathan Coley reflects on what it was like to revisit the artwork, twelve years after he completed the original.
Directed and edited by Becky Manson
Cinematography by Michael Thomas Jones
Produced for the National Galleries of Scotland, 2017