Alien nativity display in NE Portland

Alien nativity display in NE Portland

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by Reggie Aqui

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Posted on December 22, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 22 at 7:31 PM

PORTLAND -- Just saying "Alien nativity" is enough to get some people uncomfortable. For one Portland artist, that is part of the point.

A former NE Portland church is decked out this holiday season for a 3-D journey that is, intentionally, confusing and provocative.

Instead of three wise men, there are four alien magi. There's also a a shaman Santa Claus.

Artist Matt Henderson is the one behind the unusual display.

At an alien nativity scene, you might expect to see an alien baby.

Henderson said the purpose of the exhibit is get people to reflect on the potential they have within themselves.

"You wind up seeing a reflection of yourself, and that's the symbolic message of nativity," Henderson said. "Recognizing divinity and potential in yourself. And at the same time perhaps recognizing the terrestrial nature of Christ."

What does he say about people who might be offended?

"It's not for everyone, in that sense."

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