They wanted to communicate the message that Christ has taken our junk and made it beautiful because of what He’s done on the cross. So they built a cross using junk found in a local junkyard. The cross was 12′ tall and was built during special music in 2′ sections at a time. For Easter weekend, the cross remained in its place. was torn down into piles of rubble and then rebuilt (with additional pieces) to create the word “love”. They used fence pipe as the main spine and welded small brackets to them to attach the junk to the spine using mostly zip ties.
Each piece was labeled and color coded so it was clear where it fit when it was configured as the cross or the love. Derek says if he had it to do over again, he would make a custom fitting that was a more snug fit than the fence coupler.
Each section weighed between 15-25 lbs, which made the cross quite top heavy. To solve that issue, they safetied the cross at 3 different points from the catwalk and attached a tilt back support to the spine and sandbagged it.