Solitude is a multi-sensory contemporary art installation by Tony Cassar


 About the Installation

Loneliness is marked by a sense of isolation. Solitude, on the other hand, is a state of being alone without being lonely and can lead to self-awareness. From the outside, solitude and loneliness look a lot alike. Both are characterized by solitariness. But all resemblance ends at the surface.

Loneliness is a negative state, marked by a sense of isolation. One feels that something is missing. It is possible to be with people and still feel lonely—perhaps the most bitter form of loneliness.

Solitude is the state of being alone without being lonely. It is a positive and constructive state of engagement with oneself. Solitude is desirable, a state of being alone where you provide yourself wonderful and sufficient company.

Solitude is a time that can be used for reflection, inner searching or growth or enjoyment of some kind. Deep reading requires solitude, so does experiencing the beauty of nature. Thinking and creativity usually do too.

The setting of this art installation focuses on the two states. The main actor is Christ himself. As He stood in the Garden of the Gethsemane, even the Apostles, his most trusted and beloved friends abandoned him and as a Human he felt lonely. Yet this was followed by Solitude where in the quiet of the garden He spoke to His father as He highlighted the purpose of his mission of salvation brought about by his passion.

For Christians this installation has a special meaning as Christ Himself will be the main highlight present in the exposed host between Maundy Thursday and good Friday.





About the venue



The chapel of “Our Lady of the Wayside” (Santwarju tal-Madonna tat-Triq) is found within Loyola House in Naxxar, used by Jesuits since 1945. Since 1995 parts of Loyola House have been turned into a retreat area for young people to grow deeper in spiritual and personal development and to thus foster a deeper relationship with Christ.

installation info

When: Maundy Thursday 13th April 19:00 – 21:30 / Good Friday 14th April 8:00 – 12:00
Venue: Loyola house, Naxxar (Close to the Tradefair grounds
Audience: Open to all Ages
Admission: Free