Cathedral makeover

Monday, June 27, 2022 at 03:35PM
Group Exhibition, Public Space

I am truly delighted, honoured even, to be showing my recent sculpture, Bearing Witness to Things Unseen at the centre of Chichester cathedral's nave. The forms part of an exhibition curated by Jacquiline Creswell of 25 sculptors from the Royal Society of Sculptors, in an exhibition titled Together We Rise.

Simon Hitchens   Bearing Witness to Things Unseen. 10

Entering Chichester Cathedral from the western door, you are confronted by an irregular shaped, polished black portal standing central to the nave on its flag-stone floor. Appearing as an absence of space and matter within the fabric of the cathedral, this phenomenon holds your reflection as you approach.

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Walking past the reflective portal reveals its dense black surface; parallel grooves and ridges running along its length as if having been extruded. Contrasting with the flat polished western end, the eastern end is a cave-like void, a craggy cast of a boulder which is now absent. This is the shadow of an ancient rock, cast by the rising sun on the equinox.

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This uncanny object has a significant human presence because of its associative height and width and the ability to see oneself reflected in the flat polished western surface. It references time: deep geological time, celestial time and human time. Consequently, it also speaks of transience and the interconnected nature of what we share with the world and, importantly, of things larger than ourselves.

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For more information about the exhibition, and interviews with the artists, click HERE.

Exhibition open: 27 June - 6 September
Mon - Sat 9am-5pm
Sun - 12pm-2pm
Chichester Cathedral
West Street
Chichester
PO19 1PX
www.chichestercathedral.org.uk
info@chichestercathedral.org.uk
01243 782595