An Oscar Wilde temple opened in New York
The site of worship, which is based in the basement of a church in East Village, in New York City, will be available for people to see for just 5 days. It will also be available for private ceremonies such as weddings. The landmark site has been created by artists David McDermott and Peter McGough also known for recreating the Victorian lifestyle in their own apartment and keeping it for years. The setting includes a centrepiece altar built around a more than four-foot statue of Wilde, and contains effects including a pedestal inscribed with Wilde’s prisoner number after he was arrested for gross indecency in 1895.
“He invoked all of us to rebel, that it was the inherent quality of human beings to be rebellious, to move society, to be individual,” said curator Alison Gingeras, who organised the project, to AFP. The walls also depict illustrations of tabloid headlines about Wilde during his lifetime, as well as portraits of iconic figures Brandon Teena, Marsha P. Johnson and Alan Turing. The Greenwich Village church has a strong LGBTQ contingent, and the Pastor of the site of worship liked a new temple a lot.