A brand new art exhibition is arriving on Friday in St Paul’s cathedral featuring 25 life-size donkeys created by Egyptian and Western artists.
It’s an interfaith exhibition and the donkeys were created in Cairo three months ago.
The fibre-glass animals will be unveiled this Friday and although it wasn’t planned this way the organisers hope they will shine a light on the current unrest ripping through the country.
“It seems right at such a volatile time to show solidarity with the people of Egypt, both Muslim and Christian,” said Reverend Mark Oakley, Canon Chancellor at St Paul’s.
The exhibition has been sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland, and supported by the British Council.
The artists behind the work are both Muslim and Christian and were originally each asked to decorate a life-size fibreglass donkey, sculpted by the noted Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman.
They’ve already been on show around Cairo and will now come to St Paul’s before being auctioned by a Sotheby’s with all profits going to charities in Egypt.
You can find the donkeys in the south nave aisle of the Cathedral and it’s free to view but the Cathedral does have sightseeing charges.