Cloud of Witnesses graces Hope Chapel
Raphael Seitz’s glass art »Cloud of Witnesses« has been installed in the Chapel at Hope University Liverpool.
A new addition to Hope Chapel has been taking shape in the form of a four and a half ton sculpture, suspended from the ceiling.
THE SCULPTURE, entitled ‘Cloud of Witnesses’, was created by Raphael Seitz, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Fine and Applied Art, following discussions with Vice Chancellor Professor Gerald Pillay.
The piece weighs four and a half tons, of which two and a half tons are steel, with the remaining weight taken up by coloured glass.
The title ‘Cloud of Witnesses’ is inspired by an Old Testament verse ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with patience the race set before us.’ (Hebrews 12: 1-2).
The constituent parts of the sculpture were fabricated in Germany before being transported to Hope Park Campus by lorry and assembled in Hope Chapel.
Raphael Seitz is a renowned glass artist whose commissions include work on Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, and the design of a Pastoral Staff for Archbishop Patrick Kelly. He writes: “Cloud of Witnesses aims to provide a unique experience for staff and students, encouraging questioning and debate”.
A team of Schlosserei Kornter from Heilbronn built it.