‘Christ Rests in Peace’
This new sculpture by Nic Fiddian-Green is in place in front of the High Altar at Southwark Cathedral to 30 March 2013. It will be the focus for contemplation for those who visit the Cathedral during Lent and Holy Week, which takes place during this time.
Nic Fiddian-Green is well known for his huge, classically inspired equine heads that are exhibited around the world. Making the sculpture is a complex project. Plaster will firstly be placed on a cast; then a resin created. Lead sheets will be beaten on this in sections around the form. Detail is then added using a chisel and finally a gold crown of thorns is gilded.
Speaking of this work Nic Fiddian-Green said: “I have been working on the subject of the face of Christ for over 20 years ‘with no place in mind’, so when it was proposed to me to install a work at Southwark, I realised it was all out of my hands. It is a great honour and opportunity to reveal this work in a sacred and spiritual place. I am delighted that this work is at the very centre of our capital and will be seen by the Cathedral’s many visitors.”
The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark, comments: “We are delighted to have ‘Christ Rests in Peace’ in Southwark Cathedral throughout Lent. For so many Christians singing the hymn ‘The head that once was crowned with thorns’ is a regular reminder of the reality of the crucifixion. Nic Fiddian-Green’s representation of the head of Jesus crowned with thorns is powerful not just because of its sheer size but also because when you look beyond the thorns you see the humanity in the face of Christ”.
About the artist Nic Fiddian-Green is best known for his colossal, classically inspired equine heads that are exhibited around the world. His work came to prominence in London during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and London 2012 with the positioning of ‘Still Water ‘, the 33-foot head of a drinking horse right, which was installed at Marble Arch in 2010 as a landmark, voted in by the people of London and chosen by Westminster City Council to be a permanent work of art for London.
Southwark Cathedral is conveniently located for the City, Canary Wharf, the West End, and South Bank. Situated less than five minutes walking distance from London Bridge station, the Cathedral is easy to reach from a number of main line and LT underground stations and also bus routes.