Detail : Helen. Yuqi Wang. Chinese American. 1958 - oil on canvas.
Gerry Judah’s twin sculptures in the nave of St Paul’s Cathedral have been erected to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. Their white cruciform shapes evoking the meticulously maintained war graves of northern France and further afield, in fact represent an utterly contemporary questioning of the continued need for warfare.
This is public art unafraid of the obvious, not footling with self-expression or abstract aesthetics, but with the world as it was and as it is. And yet in the embedded themes are the great abstracts: God, life, death, love, despair and hope.
Every time I see this quote, I think of a third possibility that Arthur missed, which is that we might not exist in just one universe.
St. Dorothy, Detail.
by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553)