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Lent Installations in Southwark Cathedral

Posted on: March 26, 2014 3:48 PM
Edmund de Waal’s piece, another hour, consists of twelve free-standing vitrines, each nearly 7ft high and holding a single white porcelain vessel.
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During the last two years Southwark Cathedral has exhibited highly acclaimed works of art during Lent – ‘Die Harder’ by David Mach RA in 2012 and ‘Christ Rests in Peace’ by Nic Fiddian-Green in 2013.

This year, the Cathedral will host two installations during Lent. The pieces are by Edmund de Waal and Angela Wright, who both live and work within the Diocese.

Edmund de Waal’s piece, another hour, consists of twelve free-standing vitrines, each nearly 7ft high and holding a single white porcelain vessel. They will stand in a serpentine line in the retrochoir at the east end of the Cathedral. He says that the work is his “…attempt to make you pause, to stand still and listen in this vast building, to contemplate the changing light and shadow of the space and to reflect on a thousand years of liturgy.”

Angela Wright’s piece is entitled ’40 days’ and is very different – it is made from spun wool and will be suspended below the East window of the Cathedral, a drop of some 50 ft, covering the altar screen.  Angela says that she hopes that “Visitors will look up at its mass and the spillage of its myriad wavy strands tumbling down to the stone floor, its colour, smell and softness will engage with the senses”.

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, says “We are delighted that we will have two art works ‘another hour’ and ‘40 days’ to accompany our journey from Lent to Holy Week and Easter.  These events in the life of Jesus are lived almost in real time by the Christian community and especially in the final week before Easter.  The encounter with the Living God is both in time and eternity and both of these works will help us to enter more deeply into this mystery and reality”.