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Crown of thorns

Crown of Thorns, designed and created by East Devon sculptor Matt Dingle

Made in burnished steel, the work is the latest in a series of contemporary art pieces in the 13th century building, and is suspended in the Chapel for Justice, Peace and Creation.

Mr Dingle was commissioned to produce Crown of Thorns as a powerful symbol of the parody of kingship experienced by Christ during his trial and before his crucifixion under Roman law.

  The  chapel itself serves as a focus for prayer and reflection on issues which are of social, environmental or international concern.

It is used by various local organisations to exhibit their work – including groups as diverse as Positive Action South West, Christian Aid, the United Nations and Exeter Community Initiatives.

Diocese of Exeter spokesman Martyn Goss said he felt the sculpture was a timely reminder of some of the main challenges facing us today.

He said: "The sharp points remind us of the deadly barbed wire that for many refugees and displaced people is a daily reality. Yet as the crown was temporarily placed on Jesus's head, we may also see it pointing to relief and hope for those who face injustice."

The idea of the sculpture originated with Ben Grimsey, who was a former member of the Board for Christian Care, which set up a number of social action schemes across Devon especially working to support vulnerable people.

These include an asylum support project in Plymouth and housing schemes in Exeter, Tiverton and Bideford.

Historically, Exeter Cathedral has been an important place in Devon for encouraging and exhibiting artistic expression.

In the past few years it has hosted displays of tapestries, collages, poetry and children's artworks as well as religious creations including icons and sculptures.



Crown of thorns

Crown of Thorns, designed and created by East Devon sculptor Matt Dingle

Made in burnished steel, the work is the latest in a series of contemporary art pieces in the 13th century building, and is suspended in the Chapel for Justice, Peace and Creation.

Mr Dingle was commissioned to produce Crown of Thorns as a powerful symbol of the parody of kingship experienced by Christ during his trial and before his crucifixion under Roman law.

  The  chapel itself serves as a focus for prayer and reflection on issues which are of social, environmental or international concern.

It is used by various local organisations to exhibit their work – including groups as diverse as Positive Action South West, Christian Aid, the United Nations and Exeter Community Initiatives.

Diocese of Exeter spokesman Martyn Goss said he felt the sculpture was a timely reminder of some of the main challenges facing us today.

He said: "The sharp points remind us of the deadly barbed wire that for many refugees and displaced people is a daily reality. Yet as the crown was temporarily placed on Jesus's head, we may also see it pointing to relief and hope for those who face injustice."

The idea of the sculpture originated with Ben Grimsey, who was a former member of the Board for Christian Care, which set up a number of social action schemes across Devon especially working to support vulnerable people.

These include an asylum support project in Plymouth and housing schemes in Exeter, Tiverton and Bideford.

Historically, Exeter Cathedral has been an important place in Devon for encouraging and exhibiting artistic expression.

In the past few years it has hosted displays of tapestries, collages, poetry and children's artworks as well as religious creations including icons and sculptures.



comments (17)

  • Chris
  • Germany
  • 14 Oct 2013, 07:20
I will certainly go along with the powerful symbolism of this piece of work
Bill Phillips: It works well I think
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 14 Oct 2013, 07:54
Good to see that you are embracing the ethics of Black Mondag Bill. A fine piece of artwork.
Bill Phillips: Pure happenstance Ridge. Pleased you like it though
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 14 Oct 2013, 08:23
The English cathedrals are often fine places to show modern sculptures - this one is also impressive and full of symbolism - thank you for your information!
Bill Phillips: It is a powerful piece of art Philine
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 14 Oct 2013, 09:52
Martyn Goss makes a sensible point.

The question is do artistic symbols have any long term influence on the unaware, or are they just jelly babies for the already switched on, and shall we say converted, in society.
Bill Phillips: I am an atheist...probably

This doesn't change my views

It is a powerful image
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 14 Oct 2013, 11:05
A very timely reminder. A lot of people today forget the old saying 'There but for the grace of (insert your belief go I'.
Bill Phillips: True Aussie.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 14 Oct 2013, 11:38
I think it is quite symbolic of the pain everyone feels.
Bill Phillips: I thought that was just that I am getting older Mary. Seriously though it has strong symbolism
Barbed wire was my first thought......a symbolic piece of work, Bill
Bill Phillips: Barbed wire was my first reaction when I saw it Martin
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Oct 2013, 13:02
Blackdog would be proud of your effort.
Bill Phillips: He may be but is keeping his views to himself Louis
It is an effective reminder of all the suffering in the world that Christ shared with us
Bill Phillips: In part that and also perhaps a reminder of the unjust suffering of many even now
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Oct 2013, 15:37
It is always interesting seeing modern pieces of art in an ancient setting.
Bill Phillips: It is and this one I found particularly impressive Anne
No doubting the meaning behind this, described so well in the words you found, unlike Chad's offering today which nobody can fathom out its meaning.
Bill Phillips: Expend no energy in fathoming out anything Chad does. He moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform
Quite an impressive and symbolic piece of work Bill!
Bill Phillips: It is indeed Richard
Looks like a bit of barbed wire he picked up in the field smile
Bill Phillips: It is quite a large piece of barbed wire Tom
  • Alan
  • Moab, Utah.
  • 15 Oct 2013, 01:09
The barbed wire for me always reminds me that I need to be careful when crossing such a fence without a stile; that one challenge I usually face. I still have a scar on my leg from one such bungled crossing when I was on the Outer Hebrides.
Bill Phillips: That makes my eyes water just thinking about it
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Oct 2013, 04:02
A simple arrangement in barbed wire...
Bill Phillips: Basically that sums it up
  • elleplate
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Oct 2013, 13:05
ouch! but looks good in b&w Bill
Strong image and idea Bill

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