What about the cross itself?
An inanimate object – used all over the Roman empire for executions. Yet this particular one came to symbolise the death of Christ… and his life… and his resurrection… for 2,000 years.
How tall was it? How much of it had to be buried to support the weight of a man?
What sounds did it make? The thud as two pieces of wood were nailed together. Creaking as the body shifted, or the wind caught it. Groaning, in its own way, as time dragged on.
Was it re-used? Did the Romans recycle their instruments of execution? If re-used, what stains did it carry?
How did it smell – like newly cut wood or something more rancid?
How much did it weigh? How much did to cost to execute a man?