The temple of Agape

The temple of Agape is a temporary installation created by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan that was commissioned by the Southbank centre for their summer ‘festival of love’. The temple of agape is a celebration of the love of humanity, one of the seven ancient Greek themes of love represented at the festival.

The agape procession begins with a 60 metre canopied series of love benches which lead to the entrance of the temple. The visitor can then journey through or stop and sit in the dappled lit temple and then proceed up the flight of stairs festooned with banners and signs that form a joyful parade to the next level of the Southbank Centre. The installation creates the chance for visitors to experience new views and a new entrance to the royal festival hall balcony for the duration of the festival.

The temple is made from a scaffold structure, clad with exterior ply. All the wooden panels were painted in Morag’s studio over a three week period with the help of two assistants, Lizzie Toole & Kathryn Cross and a group of volunteers.

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Image courtesy of Supergroup London

Southbank centre’s summer festival will showcase love in all its forms. a series of weekends will explore the seven ancient Greek themes of love through an array of workshops, performances and installations.

The seven ancient themes: agape, storge, pragma, philia, philautia, eros & ludos. The finale weekend, is the big wedding weekend, inspired by agape — the love of humanity. To celebrate the year in which same-sex marriage became legal, all couples, gay or straight, young or old, are invited to marry or renew vows on the stage of the iconic royal festival hall.

The Southbank team were inspired by what Martin Luther king said about love: ‘I have decided to stick with love’ and asked the artists Morag & Luke to incorporate these words into their temple.

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‘our temple is bold and brash, telling you to come over and ‘look at me! I’m well-dressed and ready for love! come in, come in!’ the temple stands proud like a peacock with its giant martin luther king quote, expressing the power of love to the world. inside its heart is calm and dappled with light for contemplating complex emotions, a place that can transform with love expressed within.’

 

‘working on the project has reinforced for us that love in all its guises is not simple. at the same time, when you are in love, it can be the purest and simplest place to be.’Morag & Luke.

 

 

 

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the temple of agape – front view
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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the temple of agape – detail of the front
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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details of the temple
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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‘love’ – detail of the temple
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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scaffold passageway
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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inside the temple
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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inside the temple
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

 

 

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tape applied to the scaffold bridge
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

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side views of the temple
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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visitors make their way along the bridge
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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visitors can experience new views and a new entrance to the royal festival hall balcony for the duration of the festival
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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the temple as seen from the royal festival hall balcony
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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‘love’ detail
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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view of the love benches which lead to the entrance of the temple
photo by gareth gardner

 

 

 

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construction of the temple
photo by supergroup london

 

 

 

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morag myerscough and luke morgan (right) with volunteers
photo by supergroup london

 

 

 

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panels being painted at studio myerscough
photo by supergroup london

 

 

 

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morag with volunteers working on the temple panels
photo by supergroup london

 

 

 

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morag and volunteers
photo by supergroup london

 

 

 

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morag myerscough and luke morgan with volunteers
photo by supergroup london

 

 

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drawings of the temple
courtesy of supergroup london

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