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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Cupped Hands

Earthworks: A Meditative Journey at Southwark Cathedral – 28 February 2016

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Over the past few years, Southwark Cathedral has had art installations during Lent. This year, the artist, Peter Burke was task with this duty. AS the artist has said “All of these works have been made from the variety of soils/earths within a 20 mile radius of my home, with their rich association with underlying geology, history and society”.

First Station – Cupped Hands

Located in the South Aisle, this work challenges the observer to determine the purpose of the hands. Whose are they? Are they offering help or seeking assistance.

First Station - Cupped Hands

First Station – Cupped Hands
28 February 2016

Second Station – Above Ground

This work is at the south end of the Retrochoir. It is sighted such that it can be seen in the distance as the observer walks east along the south choir aisle.

Second Station - Above Ground

Second Station – Above Ground
28 February 2016

Third Station – Of Landscape

In the two middle chapels of the Retrochoir there are two displays of heads.

Third Station - Of Landscape

Third Station – Of Landscape
28 February 2016

Fourth Station – From Earth and Fire

At the north side of the Retrochoir there is another figure. This figure questions the observer – it is the same figure as the second station, who is it?

Fourth Station - From Earth and Fire

Fourth Station – From Earth and Fire
28 February 2016

Fifth Station – Ritual

The final and fifth station is reached by walk through the north choir aisle to the High Altar Sanctuary. Here there a sequence of feet in a circle. Where are they going?

Fifth Station - Ritual

Fifth Station – Ritual
28 February 2016

So after travelling around these stations, the end is at these circle of feet. The feet appear to disappear under the altar.

Where are they heading?

Where are you heading?

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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