Crucible – an amazing experience!
As those of you who follow this blog will know, OH & I like to go on a picnic on a Wednesday. Our most recent trip was to Gloucester Cathedral to see an exhibition called ‘Crucible’. It was astounding made more so by the fact that these exhibits were in & around the Cathedral. For some visitors, to have such ‘art’ in such a sacred place was very upsetting. I leave you to make your own minds up.
This piece is called ‘The Fast Supper’ by Abigail Fallis. It is a series of paper mache hands holding fast food.
|Here is ‘Till Death do us Part’ by Steven Gregory. This piece was placed just below the altar. If you look closely you will see that the frames of the chairs are made of bones with them sharing a leg & arms. The cushions had pictures of the relevant insides (heart, lungs etc)|
|‘Nike’ by Marcus Harvey|
‘Waiting for Godot’ by Marc Quinn
|Turning left off the corridor that runs along the cloisters you go down some steep steps into a small room & see this extraordinary piece by Antony Gormley. It is called ‘Close V’. The figure has rivets in his body & it is made of steel. I have posted about this amazing artist before (here) There was a sharp in-take of breath from both myself & OH.|
For me the most breath-taking sculpture was as you entered the Cathedral. It is the piece that is certainly controversial both for its subject & it’s position in this beautiful place of worship. It is called ‘Calvary’ by David Mach
The figure is covered with short pieces of twisted wire. The artist is known for his large installations using mass-produced objects such as match sticks, coat hangers & car tyres.
There were other pieces that made you gasp, some not suitable for this post (Damien Hirst’s ‘St Bartholomew, Exquisite Pain’) suited in the Choir just below the Altar. Others, as is often the case with modern art, that made you wonder what it was all about.
However, it was a fantastic experience & I do urge you to go & see it if you can.
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