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Christ’s image in Post-it Notes

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Church artists have portrayed the image of Christ in oils, stained glass and other mediums – but never in Post-it® Notes. That is, not until now.

Artist Frank McGregor, a Church Army evangelist, has used 2,000 different coloured notes to create the image at St Mark’s Church, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent.

He worked through the night to stick the majority of them onto boards, with the remaining 400 put on during a service led by the Bishop of Stafford.

Frank explained: “People were invited to come forward, pray over the note, let it represent them and their lives and stick it to a board. Then we took the four boards away and put them up. There was an audible intake of breath. Everyone got their phones out and started taking pictures.”

Frank’s inspiration for the artwork came from the gospel story of Jesus sending disciples ahead to places he was about to visit with the ideas of ‘mission, message and motivation’.

“Those three ‘m’s made me think of the company 3M,” said Frank. “I remembered the story of how they discovered the adhesive for Post-its, but couldn’t find a use for it until a 3M scientist called Art Fry wanted to find a way to keep a bookmark stuck in his hymn book.” 3M Brand manager, Simon Williams, has spoken to the artist and congratulated him on his achievement.

“Post-it Note artwork is always so visually impactful and this is the first time to our knowledge it has been used in a church,” Simon said. “This image was constructed with the help of the congregation and local schools as well as the artist, further demonstrating the fantastic collaborative nature of the Post-it brand."

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