Something very exciting has happened in Gloucestershire this week...the opening of Crucible 2.
In 2010 I posted about Crucible, the sculpture exhibition in Gloucester Cathedral and I am pleased to report that Crucible 2 is every bit as inspiring.
There are pieces in the Cathedral grounds, Monumental Steel Bull, Terence Coventry.
Through the portals of this beautiful building, carefully and effectively placed are
sculptures of quality and meaning. Always challenging, The Thief by David Mach
Damien Hirst, whatever you may think of his work, produces statement pieces.
Fallen Angel is a bronze covered in gold,
with obvious hints as to why he has fallen.
Anatomy of an Angel is perhaps a more typical Hirst.
There are works placed all over the building, smaller pieces tucked away, Untitled Sphere by Alastair Mackie.
Steven Gregory's work commands a second look,
entitled Tick, Tock.
Just off the Cloisters made famous by Harry Potter is this unexpected Antony Gormley.
The Cloister gardens also show off some remarkable work.
Untouched is a tranquil work by Angus Fairhurst.
In contrast to Vesqua by W. Pye which you can touch. Don't be fooled by it's surface.
This is one of my favourite pieces, Bread Hand by Marc Quinn. Tucked away and easy to miss.
Go into the Crypt, the works there have an atmosphere of their own,
Split Shadow is another of my favourites by Ann Christopher.
Thames by Jordi Raga.
The Cathedral lends it's own drama to the exhibition,
It is not like walking around an art gallery. Constellation 2014 by Daniel Chadwick.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the private view organised by one of the exhibitions sponsor's, Willans. Thankyou Chris Ryder for taking me along.
I did not have time to see all the work, so I need to go back to find the Henry Moore, David Nash and the Randall- Page work just for starters.
http://www.crucible2.co.uk/ on until the 31st October. Not to be missed.