A UNIQUE art installation created by a contemporary of Banksy has gone on display in Glasgow Cathedral. 

Artist James Pfaff, who has worked commercially with the street artist, cast the handwritten words "Returning and Into Your Arms" in neon white glass. 

It was erected last month to coincide with COP26 and a special ecumenical service featuring Christian churches and organisations was held on November 7 to pray for a just outcome to the summit. 

It is placed at the pulpit between the choir and the nave on a custom-built frame to protect the cathedral's ornate stonework. 

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Rev Mark Johnstone, minister of Glasgow Cathedral, said the installation allows light to shine in the darkness and will guide people through the magnificent building, which is the oldest cathedral on mainland Scotland

He said: "Advent is a sacred time and for many people it is the only time of year that they reach in and touch something that is linked to Christianity. 

"The cathedral is the oldest building in the city and although associated with civic pomp, it is located not far away from areas where asylum seekers and refugees live and where homeless people are supported by the likes of the Lodging House Mission. 

"It survived the Reformation virtually intact and is known as the 'People's Cathedral' - a place that resides in people's hearts. 

"But I am always struck by the number of people I meet who say they have never been inside it. 

"So, I hope that folk from all walks of life come to see the installation, which is playful and unpredictable, and get affirmation that this is a space of welcome, belonging and open to everyone." 

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Mr Pfaff, who is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, said unveiling the project was an "important moment" for him as he believes it is likely the first time this sort of installation has appeared in a Scottish cathedral. 

While he said people will take their own meaning from the words, for him they convey a "message of fellowship shared with the religious community" and a civic and ethical message for global community action. 

Mr Pfaff added the project would not have gone ahead without Rev Johnstone's vision and encouragement. 

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The artwork is on display until January 31.