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Artist David Mach turns Bible into modern art

Fife-born artist David Mach is staging his largest ever solo show at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh.

The Precious Light exhibition presents collages and sculptures translating the King James Bible into modern life.

Hell is set in Disneyland and Noah's Ark is moved to Edinburgh in Mach's contemporary imagery.

A larger than life-size devil's head made from thousands of match heads will be set alight on 4 August, to mark the start of the Edinburgh Art festival.

Mach said an enormous effort had been put into the exhibition, which has taken three years and cost him about £1m so far.

Of the collages, he said: "You could spend the whole day looking at one of these things, never mind the other 70 or 80.

"We worked hard on this and when you come to see the show I want you to work hard as well."

Curator David Patterson said the depth and intricacy of the collages was "wonderful".

At the heart of the exhibition, the entire third floor of the gallery will be transformed into a working artist's studio where visitors will be able to view Mach and his team as they work on a colossal decoupage, The Last Supper.

The finished work will be unveiled on 20 September at a Last Supper event, along with a burnt match head sculpture of Jesus.

Mach, who claims to be an artist of no religion, said: "The King James Bible provides all the inspiration an artist could wish for - struggle, pain, love, death - it's all in there.

"No single text has had such a profound effect on our language, culture and thoughts as this book.

"I want people to take another look the King James Bible and see this work, in its 400th year, from a fresh, contemporary perspective."

David Mach is known for his dynamic and imaginative large scale collages, sculptures and installations using diverse media, including coat hangers, matchstick heads and magazines.

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